Qualcomm, Apple settle patent fight, drop lawsuits

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-17 13:40:45|Editor: Shi Yinglun
Video PlayerClose

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Qualcomm and Apple announced an agreement on Tuesday to dismiss all litigation between the two companies worldwide.

The settlement includes an unspecified payment from Apple to Qualcomm.

The two companies also have reached a six-year license agreement, effective as of April 1, 2019, including a two-year option to extend, and a multiyear chipset supply agreement.

All worldwide litigation will be dismissed and withdrawn, including claims involving Apple's contract manufacturers.

The two companies appeared in court on Monday in a multi-billion-U.S.-dollar patent trial, which was expected to last until mid-May in San Diego.

According to media reports, Apple previously accused Qualcomm of engaging in illegal patent licensing practices, and was seeking up to 27 billion dollars in damages. Qualcomm, for its part, argued Apple and its business partners had stopped paying royalties and was seeking up to 15 billion dollars in damages.

Qualcomm stock soared 23.21 percent following the settlement, and closed at 70.45 U.S. dollars apiece, boosting its market cap to exceed 85 billion dollars. The company had its biggest one-day gain since 1999. Meanwhile, Apple shares were up slightly to close 0.01 percent higher.

Over the past two years, the two companies have sued one another in courts around the world, and each has seen some victories along the way.