Qualcomm and Apple make peace: Apple is ready to pay for patents for the sake of the iPhone with 5G

Qualcomm and Apple went to the world and finally agreed to stop the litigation, which has been going on since the beginning of 2017.

Because of that fight?

In short, in early 2017, Apple accused Qualcomm of having monopolized the processor market for smartphones and methodically squeezes opponents out of the market. The amount of the claim was 1 billion dollars. Qualcomm filed a counterclaim, claiming that the iPhone maker had violated the agreements reached earlier. Later, Qualcomm filed another lawsuit against Apple, which states that Apple uses the company’s patents, but does not pay for them.

As a result, about 50 lawsuits have already accumulated in 6 countries. And because of patent infringement in China and Germany, they even banned sales of some iPhone models.

What do you think?

Apple says that they Qualcomm cease all litigation in all countries, including those of the proceedings relating to the manufacturing partners ” apple ” of the company. Apple agrees to pay Qualcomm royalties, but about what the amounts involved – not specified.

Moreover, companies have signed several cooperation documents. First, it is a license agreement, which entered into force on April 1 and is designed for 6 years with the possibility of extension for another 2 years. Secondly, it is a multi-year contract for the supply of chipsets.

What now?

It looks like Apple will now abandon Intel processors and return to Snapdragon. Most likely, the company went to the world for the sake of Qualcomm 5G-modem and the release of the iPhone with the support of fifth-generation networks. Recall due to legal disputes Qualcomm refused to supply these modems Apple and Intel developing its own chips was delayed, so the first iPhone with 5G expected no earlier than 2020 – 2021.

Source: Apple

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