Final ruling from arbitration panel awards BlackBerry $940 million from Qualcomm

Final ruling from arbitration panel awards BlackBerry $940 million from Qualcomm
Last month, we told you that an arbitration panel had awarded BlackBerry a preliminary amount of $814.9 million from Qualcomm to resolve a dispute over royalties. BlackBerry claimed that Qualcomm failed to cap the amount of royalties that it was paying based on an agreement both sides shook hands over back in 2010. Back then, BlackBerry was still quite a relevant company in the smartphone industry, just one year removed from its peak as King of the Smartphone world. At the time, everyone expected BlackBerry's sales to continue to rise including both Qualcomm and BlackBerry itself.

As a result, the pair reached a deal for BlackBerry to make fixed royalty payments to Qualcomm based on the number of phones BlackBerry sold. Just then, BlackBerry sales were destroyed by both the Apple iPhone and a variety of Android handsets. As BlackBerry sales collapsed, the fixed royalty payments to Qualcomm were becoming too high based on the lower number, and surpassed Qualcomm's royalty cap, which was designed to keep down the cost of using Qualcomm's essential patents.

When BlackBerry and Qualcomm made the original agreement, they decided on using binding arbitration to handle any dispute among the parties. That led to the preliminary decision made last month. Today, a final award was issued by the arbitration panel and BlackBerry is now to be paid $940 million by Qualcomm. The payment must be made on or before May 31st, 2017. That happens to be the same day that the new BlackBerry KEYone is launched in the U.S. It sounds like a day for the company to hold a celebration.

source: BlackBerry

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14 Comments

1. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Qualcomm, I feel no sympathy for them.

9. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

feck qualcunt.

2. JcHnd

Posts: 280; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Welp... may BB use that money wisely!

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2921; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

First Blackberry........... Then Apple, maybe?

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

When s**t comes, they come in truck loads.....lol Poor Qualcomm... I think they are somewhat arrogant and Bossy thus they might deserve this.

5. .7.8.6.

Posts: 75; Member since: May 25, 2017

For years, Apple limited iPhones to 1GB RAM. It would argue that tightly integrating the hardware and software meant that it was able to make much more efficient use of that RAM than Android phones, and I don’t doubt that. But at a time when many users were complaining that lack of memory meant inactive tabs refreshing when you returned to them, Apple was risking a poor user experience for the sake of a few dollars. (It has, of course, finally bumped up the RAM to 2GB in the iPhone 6s/Plus.) And then we have the latest Retina iMacs, where Apple reduced the SSD component of the 1TB Fusion Drive from 128GB to a miserly 24GB. That’s less than the RAM available in some configurations. Effectively, Apple has swapped out a genuine fusion drive – one that really did combine the responsiveness of an SSD with the affordability of a hard drive – for one that is, at the very least, severely compromised. One that is unlikely to deliver the snappiness expected of SSD storage. One which, we might even say, can still be marketed as a fusion drive without genuinely delivering on the promise. P○$ Patent troll jnk Skm Apple Haha haha R o t f l m f a o

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm ignoring the fact that all you have written has nothing to do with reality, would you be so kind as to explain where is the connection of your message with the data in the article?

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Chill .7.8.6. this isheep don't know what the outside world is.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22013; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, momentum is certainly still swinging BlackBerry's way. I have a feeling that Qualcomm is going to lose out to Apple as well.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They likely will win against Apple. This here was not a lawsuit but a mutually agreeable decision by an arbitration panel both companies agreed to in the initial agreement between them. In Apples case they want to change the original agreement as well as get more favorable terms. Plus, I suspect that the Apple vs QC battle is also a play by Apple to strong arm PowerVR a bit. If they can renegotiate a patent licensing agreement with QC including their graphics patents, they can then make good on their in house GPU threat. Otherwise, they'll have to get access to GPU patents from someone else or their in house GPU is dead in the water. They've burned bridges with Nvidia, PowerVR, QC and a bit with Intel already. Only AMD is left but their mobile GPU presence is non existent.

17. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I don't it. Apple has no legitimate reason for holding back royalty payments as well as telling its vendors not to pay Qualcomm. There isn't any sort of issue with the agreement made between QC and apple other than the fact that apple wants to pay less and become even richer. I hope the courts ram a judgment up Apple's @$$ in favor of Qualcomm.

8. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

This won't keep Blackberry alive, all that money will go to like 2 investors.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22013; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obvious troll is so obvious.

20. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

lol people have to talk about apple in almost every post on this site. Good for Blackberry.

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