Qualcomm Wants Apple to Pay $31 Million in Damages from Apple in California patent suit

Qualcomm is asking for about $31 million in damages in its ongoing patent trial against Apple in San Diego, which is allegedly equivalent to $1.40 per infringing iPhone.

That figure based on estimates of iPhones sold between July 2017 and last fall, and a fee of $1.40 per infringing device, according to Patrick Kennedy, an economist and managing director at Torrey Partners, reports CNET.

Kennedy calculated the figure based on iPhones sold from July 2017 on that used chips by Intel. Apple started using a mix of chips from both Intel and Qualcomm in the iPhone 7, and later transitioned to all Intel chips due to the legal troubles with Qualcomm.

Qualcomm and Apple are fighting over three patents that Qualcomm says Apple infringed on with its iPhones. The three patents include one that enables a smartphone to quickly connect to the Internet after it’s powered on, one that involves how a modem and processor work together to handle downloading apps, and one that covers graphic processing and battery life.

Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting since January 2017, when Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion in unpaid royalty fees. Qualcomm countersued, and since then, the two companies have levied multiple lawsuits against one another. Two of Qualcomm’s lawsuits have resulted in import bans in Germany and China, both of which Apple was able to skirt with hardware and software updates.

Notably, the biggest suit between the two companies will head to court next month that will center around Qualcomm’s alleged antitrust practices.

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