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US jury awards Qualcomm $31 mn in Apple case

IANS  |  San Francisco 

A US jury has decided that needs to pay chip-maker $31 million for violating three of its patents.

According to a report in CNET on Friday, the jury in San Diego, awarded full amount it had requested at the start of the two-week trial.

"violated three patents and should pay the chip-maker $31 million for infringing on its technology," the jury decided.

One Qualcomm patent allows a to quickly connect to the Internet once the device is turned on. Another one deals with and battery life, while the third lets apps on download data more easily.

The verdict sets the stage for a bigger trial in April between the two next month in The dispute over Qualcomm's patent royalties with involves billions of dollars.

"Today's unanimous jury verdict is the latest victory in our worldwide patent litigation directed at holding Apple accountable for using our valuable technologies without paying for them," Qualcomm said in a statement.

Apple said it was "disappointed".

"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 US federal court, and around the world," an Apple was quoted as saying.

The trial next month will also examine Qualcomm's licensing business. The two have been entangled in legal battles for years.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 09:58 IST