Jury says Apple owes Qualcomm for stealing patents

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A jury sided with Qualcomm over claims Apple stole patents for the iPhone.
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A jury ruled today Apple owes chip maker Qualcomm $31 million for violating three patents for tech used in some models of the iPhone.

The ruling came after a two week trial in San Diego on a lawsuit filed by Qualcomm in 2017. Apple is likely to appeal.

5G iPhone will cost Apple a pretty penny

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Making the 5G iPhone is going to be a complex and expensive business.
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There’s no doubt Apple will eventually make a 5G iPhone. The high-speed standard was finalized a few months ago, and wireless service providers are building 5G networks.

The next step is for the companies that developed the technology to decide what they’ll charge Apple and other phone makers to license their patents. The total might be more than you expect.

2018 iPhone won’t be as fast as it could be

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Rather than Qualcomm LTE modems, the 2018 iPhone will use chips from other suppliers that aren't as fast.
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The Apple vs. Qualcomm battle just escalated to the point where the next iPhones won’t include LTE modems produced by this chipmaker. That means these iOS devices will be slower accessing the Internet.

Apple certainly has other options for LTE chips. But none are as good as Qualcomm’s products.

Apple challenges Qualcomm patents as legal battle rages on

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Apple to Qualcomm: "I wish I knew how to quit you." But the companies continue to do business even as they drag each other to court.
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“Coopetition” best describes the relationship between Apple and Qualcomm. Wireless modems made by Qualcomm are used in iPhones even as the two companies are locked in a years-long patent dispute over billions of dollars.

The fight reached a new phase today as Apple challenged four Qualcomm patents, arguing they shouldn’t have been awarded in the first place.

Qualcomm feud could cost Apple billions

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Apple doesn't want to pay twice for Qualcomm chips.
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A complicated, multibillion-dollar intellectual property battle between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm will soon move through courts and hearing rooms across the globe.

More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in six countries, however, the outcome from upcoming hearings in the U.S. China and Germany could prod the feuding tech companies to negotiate a settlement, according to a Bloomberg report.