Qualcomm’s CEO expects an out-of-court settlement of the months-long legal saga with Apple

Qualcomm’s CEO expects an out-of-court settlement of the months-long legal saga with Apple

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm has been dragging for over six months now, after the two tech giants started exchanging accusations through countless in and out-of court-statements. Well, the eye of the storm seems to be moving away now, as Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf said at the Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen this Monday that his side would be open for an out-of-court settlement of the disputes. 


Only about 1% of all high-profile court proceedings are ended by a judge’s hammer, as the other 99% of cases are usually settled over long and intense off-the-record debates between representing lawyers. And, as it normally happens, it all ends with an agreement of a hefty payout by one of the sides.

The thing here is that we can’t really say who will be paying who in this case, as the case between Apple and Qualcomm so far has not indicated who the rightful claimant is.

At the center of the legal battle stands the amount of licensing fees Cupertino should pay the chipmaker for tech it uses in iPhones. Apple has condemned demands for certain fees and subsequently withheld due money to Qualcomm, with the last responding in the same manner. The issue is that Qualcomm charges a fee as a percentage of the total price of a device, which, Apple suggests, unjustly enriches the chipmaker for parts and tech it has not contributed to.

However, Qualcomm has maintained that its claimed royalties do not relate to a single chip in the iPhone, but rather to an array of technologies, without which production of iPhones and other smartphones would have been impossible. It all escalated to the point where Qualcomm sought to ban imports of Apple phones into the US and accused the latter of twisting hands.

Nonetheless, Mollenkopf’s recent statement does sound like the beginning of the end. After one of the sides has submitted a willingness to talk out of court, it’s doubtful that the other would continue to push for a court judgement, as proceedings often mean publicity and more legal fees. What we could see in the weeks and months to follow is a multi-million dollar agreement reached ‘in the quiet’, but we can’t know for sure how events will pan out, so shall keep you updated of how it all unfolds.

source: Fortune

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4 Comments

1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Screw Apple. I'm selling my 7 plus . Its not even able to match my S7 camera.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple has to settle, especially when they signed a contract with Qualcomm, and Apple is in breach of that contract. Noobs they are holding back payments. Not to mention Qualcomm is in the process of halting sales of Apple's iPhone's. So it's more like Apple now wanting to settle out of court and pay the Piper, or basically pay up what they owed.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2311; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I highly doubt it would be Apple being the one to pay out. Both Samsung and Intel have filed briefs to back Apple's claims in court. And Qualcomm is facing a huge lawsuit in the European Union over it's business practices and just lost an important appeal today that is costing the company $669,000 a day until it complies: https://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-could-incur-a-daily-fine-from-the-eu/

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I think there will be a settlement with some sort of cross licencing between them. It usually end up this way unless no side wants to back down. and right now QC is offering a olive branch which I am sure Apple will jump on since it wants to avoid as said the publicity and legal fees and concentrate on the iPhone 8 this year

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