Apple and Qualcomm Settle Disputes Worldwide
After a bitter financial dispute that began back in 2017, Apple and Qualcomm have finally settled their differences, and have agreed to drop all litigation with the other worldwide. Exact details have yet to be disclosed, but Apple and Qualcomm have revealed some key pieces of the deal:
- Apple will be making a payment to Qualcomm for an undisclosed amount
- A six-year global patent licensing agreement has been established that may be extended for another two years
- Qualcomm will continue to supply parts to Apple for multiple years meaning the modems are likely to appear in the iPhone once again
This years-long battle began because Apple felt Qualcomm was charging unreasonably high fees for essential patents. When Apple resorted to using Intel chips, Qualcomm fought to get iPhone imports banned in several countries for patent infringement. The modem supplier was able to win iPhone bans in Germany and China, while the U.S. faced a high price on a select number of patents.