Qualcomm, Apple agree to drop all litigation worldwide

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Apple and Qualcomm have ended their contentious legal battle over microchip royalties with a surprise agreement to drop all litigation worldwide. Intel exits the 5G game Just hours after Apple-Qualcomm deal, chip giant Intel announced its exit from 5G smartphone modem business. Replacing those lawsuits, Apple has signed a 6-year patent license agreement with Qualcomm, which is being backdated to April 1.

"What this means in the case of the iPhone is that when Apple engineers create a revolutionary new security feature such as touch ID, which enables breakthrough technologies like Apple Pay, Qualcomm insists on royalties for these and other innovations it had nothing to do with and royalty payments go up", it said. "I believe both Apple and Qualcomm got deeper into this than they wanted to - Apple was challenging Qualcomm's most profitable business model, licensing, and Qualcomm was accusing Apple of IP theft and lack of payment", said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strrategy.

Qualcomm claimed that Apple was committing patent infringement by using Qualcomm's intellectual property related to thousands of patented technologies within iPhones without paying royalties.

A jury of six men and three women was in the process of hearing opening arguments from Apple's and Qualcomm's lawyers, at a federal court in San Diego, when news of the settlement broke. For example, in one case, Qualcomm asked a USA federal judge to ban the sale of iPhones.

Qualcomm stock rose 23.21 percent on Tuesday while Apple stock remained relatively flat. Recent reports claimed that Apple and its suppliers were seeking almost $30 billion in damages from Qualcomm. Apple has been aggressively hiring RF engineers in San Diego, where Qualcomm is located.

The not-so-surprising move, which likely explains the sudden settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, will also see Intel "complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices".

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Yesterday, Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settled their long-drawn legal dispute. Huawei recently offered to provide 5G modem chips to Apple, but rumours indicated that Huawei could face issues because of its not-so-good-history with the United States government.

Fast Company reported earlier this month that "in order to deliver big numbers of those modems in time for a September 2020 iPhone launch, Intel needs to deliver sample parts to Apple by early summer of this year, and then deliver a finished modem design in early 2020".

As part of the settlement, Qualcomm will also end litigation with Apple's contract manufacturers.

Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight said the settlement was "a huge vindication for Qualcomm".

Intel did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

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