The jury additionally struck down an argument by Apple that considered one of its then-employees contributed to the boot-up patent, and will have been named as an inventor. That would have meant the patent was invalid and unable to be infringed.
While that is actually a blow to Apple, it comes with a small price-tag (comparatively talking) of paying $31 million in damages to Qualcomm.
However, simply yesterday in a separate case, a choose gave a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm must pay Apple a much larger sum of $1 billion for patent royalty rebate funds. But the ultimate choice on that a lot bigger patent case gained’t be made till subsequent month.
Further, if Apple does certainly win that extra essential case, the damages may have already been accounted for by Apple withholding funds to Qualcomm over the earlier months.
Despite Curiel’s ruling, nevertheless, there’s nonetheless lots undecided. The choice is not going to be remaining till after subsequent month’s trial. Furthermore, Apple’s contract factories have already withheld $1 billion in funds to Qualcomm. Thus, Qualcomm has already accounted for this in its monetary statements and it’ll not want to chop a verify to Apple.
Apple shared an official assertion on the decision, through CNET’s Richard Nieva, which paints this lawsuit as only a distraction from the larger authorized battles Qualcomm is dealing with stateside and overseas.
As for Qualcomm, it shared an announcement as properly, celebrating its victory.
and remark from Qualcomm: pic.twitter.com/dTf3UXC3I1
— Richard Nieva (@richardjnieva) March 15, 2019