Tencent technology news, according to foreign media reports, after more than a year of malicious accusations and a series of litigation and counterclaims, the size of a multi billion dollar legal dispute between apple and Qualcomm is about to look at the eyebrows.
The hearing in three of the most important markets in the United States, China and Germany will soon be able to decide whether Apple can save $one billion in patent costs by forcing one of the world's largest chip makers to change its legitimate business.
According to Qualcomm's estimate of the possible cost of each cell, Apple's current patent fee to Qualcomm has reached $2 billion 500 million to $4 billion 500 million, equivalent to about 1/5 of the high Qualcomm annual revenue.
Apple has been arguing that Qualcomm has made use of its basic patents covering modern smart phone communications, asking for unfair high patent fees and coerced apples to buy Qualcomm chips.
Qualcomm rebutted that Apple refused to pay the royalties paid to other enterprises in the industry, which was equivalent to stealing the property of the company.
Apple and Qualcomm's legal team have been very busy, and this kind of busyness may continue. The data from Matt Larson, a Bloomberg intelligence analyst, showed that the two companies are currently bringing more than 50 independent intellectual property rights and antitrust lawsuits in 16 judicial districts in 6 countries.
In the recent research report, Larson pointed out that although no single case could solve all problems, a series of decisions in the second half of this year could help the problem to be resolved.
Next week, the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., will begin hearing a hearing on Apple's claims that Apple infringes on its 3 patents. Qualcomm asked the Commission to ban all iPhone 7 phones that did not use high pass chips. IPhone currently accounts for more than 60% of Apple's revenues, all of which are made in Asia.
Similarly, a court in Mannheim, Germany, will hold a hearing to hear the lawsuit initiated by Qualcomm. Qualcomm said in the lawsuit that Apple's use of Intel chip iPhone infringed the company's patent and should be banned from exporting to the German market.
Although the court's judges have initially agreed to Qualcomm's opinion, the case will not be sentenced until the European Patent Office has made a patent on whether the patent is valid.
In the world's largest smartphone market in the world, the national intellectual property authority's patent review committee has started a hearing this month. The next step will take into account the appeal of Apple's so-called high Qualcomm. Analysts said Larson's trial is expected to take place in the third quarter of this year.
IDC analyst Stofega said,
Qualcomm management insists that behind the high-profile legal allegations, disputes are only commercial negotiations. Once they have proved their legal status, there is a good chance that a compromise will be reached to restore normal customer and supplier relationships.
So far, an Apple spokesman has not commented on the report, citing only the company's previous statement on the conflict. Apple denied infringement of any of Qualcomm's patents, arguing that those in the lawsuit should not be issued at all.
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Apple is facing great risks in the case of the International Trade Commission. Josh Landau, a patent consultant of the computer communications industry association, said Josh. If the Commission issued a ban on Apple products, it would prompt apple to reconcile with Qualcomm as soon as possible.
For Qualcomm, signs that Apple will win may increase investor and analyst concerns about its lucrative patent business. Patent business is crucial for Qualcomm to maintain the leading edge of the chip industry in the future.
Although it is widely expected that Qualcomm will eventually be able to reconcile with apple, the terms and conditions of the settlement remain unknown. Both the companies and their investors hope that the court's decision will provide a solution for the eventual settlement.