Apple owes Qualcomm $31M in patents dispute, jury finds

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SAN DIEGO — A federal jury in San Diego awarded Qualcomm $31 million in damages Friday as part of an ongoing series of patent infringement suits against Apple, which Qualcomm alleges used the company’s technologies in its iPhones without paying for their use.

Following an eight-day trial, jurors found that Apple infringed on three patents related to smartphone features affecting battery life, internet connection speed, and power saving on various iPhone models.

The verdict was part of Qualcomm’s worldwide litigation leveled against Apple over technologies used to boost iPhone performance, which has already produced injunctions prohibiting the sale of certain iPhone models in Germany and China.

“Today’s unanimous jury verdict is the latest victory in our worldwide patent litigation directed at holding Apple accountable for using our valuable technologies without paying for them,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel. “The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become successful so quickly. The three patents found to be infringed in this case represent just a small fraction of Qualcomm’s valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents. We are gratified that courts all over the world are rejecting Apple’s strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP.”

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