Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm, said that the verdict is the latest victory in Qualcomm's worldwide patent litigation, which is directed at holding Apple accountable for using its valuable technologies without paying.
Maxell Patent 8,339,493: According to Maxell, Apple's back side cameras on iPhones from the iPhone 5s through to the iPhone XS Max infringe on their camera patent. Qualcomm can now ask the judge for an order to halt further infringement of its patents by Apple.
In response to the judgement, an Apple spokesperson told AppleInsider "Qualcomm's ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the larger issues they face with investigations into their business practices in United States federal court, and around the world". The decision awards the entire $31 million to Qualcomm that it had been asking.
A federal jury in San Diego on Friday awarded Qualcomm about $31.6 million in damages on its patent infringement claims. Readers are cautioned that Patently Apple does not offer an opinion on the merit of the case and strictly presents the allegations made in said legal cases / lawsuits.
What these legal actions do seem to be leading to is Apple looking to move away from Qualcomm's products and components as much as possible, but that's a move that probably won't be noticeable in the end product.
The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is also part of an antitrust lawsuit that the US Federal Trade Commission filed in 2017. In the same month, Qualcomm was granted an injunction banning the sales of some iPhone models in Germany.
Qualcomm Inc. won the first USA jury trial in its global dispute with Apple with several court cases set to be heard in coming months which if they go against Apple will result in iPhone sales being halted in some markets. The patent case was presided over by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw. Where Apple is alleged the Qualcomm for following illegal practices in chip manufacturing for keeping its dominance whereas Qualcomm has accused the iPhone maker of using its tech without its prior concern and monetary compensation.
The ruling could be even more financially significant since Qualcomm says these three patents represent just a small portion of its "tens of thousands" of other IP claims.
"Apple is very skilled at handling appeals and taking a longer-term view".