Apple again failed to challenge Qualcomm patents

The US Court of Appeals for the second time rejected Apple’s attempt to reopen Qualcomm’s mobile technology patents. According to the ruling, Apple has been unable to appeal since the 2019 agreement that licensed the company to tens of thousands of Qualcomm patents.

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The decision was taken by votes of two of the three judges of the US Court of Appeals for the federal district. A similar decision was made by another composition of the court in April this year in a similar case in the dispute between Apple and Qualcomm. Recall that in 2017, Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch were infringing on a number of mobile technology patents, which was part of a broader dispute between the two companies. Apple further challenged the three pending patents before the Patent Testing and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, in 2020, they were declared valid after the parties signed a settlement agreement in 2019, under which Qualcomm received $ 4.5 billion, and Apple continued to use the opponent’s chips in its products.

However, Apple still appealed, demanding a reopening of the hearing in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The company said it faced “Imminent risk” filing a statement of claim after the 6-year period specified in the 2019 agreement. Qualcomm responded that Apple’s arguments are not well-founded, as the parties previously agreed, and the risk factor is nothing more than speculation. Judges Sharon Prost and Kara Stoll agreed with Qualcomm’s position, while Judge Pauline Newman sided with Apple. She agreed that after the license expires in 2025, Qualcomm may again sue Apple, and the latter will incur “Specific damage because she would have to pay royalties to exempt a patent that she considers invalid.”.

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