The tech giants Apple and Qualcomm have refused to compromise for the grudges over iPhone patent royalties and are finally heading towards the court. Regarding the concern, the trial has been scheduled for April 15th, 2019 by a federal judge in San Diego.
Reports say that Qualcomm was willing to have the companies’ trial in February, but Judge advised to delay the trial date overlooking the complexity of the case. Though there were rumors all around that the firms will settle, but Apple conveyed that the two sides haven’t met for months and neither were there any ongoing talks between them.
A few months back, Apple accused Qualcomm of charging two-ways on patent royalties. The iPhone manufacturer said that “Qualcomm is charging both when Apple licensed the patent portfolio and again when it sold cellular chipsets.” On the other hand, Qualcomm regarding the concern said that its licensing approach is valid. The matter reached so far that there were threats involved to block iPhone X sales and the phone has been discontinued as of now.
The matter will now go to the court and looks like it will have a pace similar to the conflict that took place years ago between Apple and Samsung. However, Apple may have an ally on its side. The trial against Qualcomm over antitrust issues will be made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on January 4th, and the outcome of the trial might influence the chip designer’s chances against Apple. But if the FTC comes up victorious in the case, then convincing the San Diego court that Qualcomm’s royalty practices are fair will be a trouble for the firm.