Jury Finds Apple Infringed on Three Qualcomm Patents, Awards $31 Million in Damages

Jury Finds Apple Infringed on Three Qualcomm Patents, Awards $31 Million in Damages

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A federal court jury in San Diego has found that Apple owes Qualcomm $31 million in damages for infringing on three of its patents, reports Reuters.

Qualcomm last year sued Apple alleging it had violated patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life. During an eight-day trial, Qualcomm asked the jury to award it unpaid patent royalties of up to $1.41 per iPhone that violated the patents.

“The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel. “We are gratified that courts all over the world are rejecting Apple’s strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP.”

Apple was disappointed with the outcome:

“Qualcomm’s ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the larger issues they face with investigations into their business practices in U.S. federal court, and around the world,” Apple said.

It's unclear if Apple will appeal the decision.

Yesterday, in a separate case, a preliminary ruling found that Qualcomm should pay Apple nearly $1 billion in withheld rebates.

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Jury Finds Apple Infringed on Three Qualcomm Patents, Awards $31 Million in Damages

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