Apple and Qualcomm’s chip challenge has ended in the latter’s favor.
As of last Friday, Apple has officially lost to Qualcomm in a patent war. Apple is now being forced to pay up a total of $31 million dollars, after allegedly using patented technology that they did not have the permission to use in the chips used for various iPhone models that were released in the last three years.
According to a statement released by Qualcomm’s general counsel, Don Rosenberg, “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.”
The technology that is being referred to in the case relates to the ability to use ‘flashless booting.’ Flashless booting allows devices to immediately connect to the internet upon booting, and it also allows data to move efficiently in phone apps.
While Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, it did previously accuse Qualcomm for allegedly charging for invalid patents as well as asking for unfair amounts over singular components. Meanwhile, Qualcomm had accused Apple of stealing secrets and sharing them with Intel, Qualcomm’s biggest rival and manufacturer of Apple’s chips.