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Multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment firm Qualcomm has been awarded US$31 million (A$43.7 million) in damages for the infringement of three of its patents by Apple, from 6 July 2017 till the end of the trial on 15 March.

The verdict, by a jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, found that the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X infringed two patents, and the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X infringe a third.

The three patents in question cover technologies that were invented by Qualcomm in San Diego, a statement from the company said.

One of the patents covers technology that enables flashless booting; it eliminates the cost and footprint of separate flash memory and allows a smartphone to connect to the Internet quickly after being powered on.

A second patent covers tech that enables smartphone apps to send and receive data to and from the Internet by acting as a smart "traffic cop" between the processor and the modem.

And a third is for tech that makes high performance and rich visual graphics possible for games, while increasing the battery life of a smartphone. All three patents are not essential for any mobile standard.

“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 Qualcomm executive vice-president and general counsel Don Rosenberg.

“The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so 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.”

Apple has not made any publicly available statement about the outcome of the trial.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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