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Qualcomm and Apple reach settlement and drop worldwide litigation

On April 16, 2019, Qualcomm and Apple announced the settlement to stop the global lawsuits lasting for over 2 years.

Since January 2017, Apple started to launch anti-trust litigation against Qualcomm in US. Then, Qualcomm initiated a group of patent infringement litigations in 6 countries such as US, Germany and China as the response, with total case amounts soaring over 50. As of now, Qualcomm stands in preponderance position in the global patent infringement litigation, especially obtaining injunctions favorable to Qualcomm from Fuzhou Intermediate Court in China and Munich Court in Germany. In the invalidity procedures in China, validity of over 20 NSEP patents survive from strict examination, showing the high quality and high value of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio. This demonstrates technical contributions of Qualcomm on hi-tech such as electrical field. Different treatments of Qualcomm on injunctions from different jurisdictions are also widely questioned. As the two giants reach the settlement agreement, they will withdraw the worldwide litigation.

Based on the information on Qualcomm Investor Relations official website, Qualcomm and Apple sign a direct license of 6 years with 2-year option to extend, which is effective as of April 1, 2019. Settlement includes a one-time payment from Apple to Qualcomm. In the meantime, Qualcomm and Apple will sign a multi-year chipset supply agreement. After this battle, Qualcomm’s business model still works to be stable.

Liu, Shen & Associates is one of the law firms representing Qualcomm in China to attend patent invalidity procedure and related infringement legal proceedings. Liushen team’s excellent achievements are highly praised by Qualcomm. In the process of the cooperation with international leading hi-tech company, Liushen’s team makes in-depth summary and review on the line of thoughts and difficulties in the patent infringement and validity procedure in electrical and software fields. Liushen team will continue the practical and professional craftsman spirit in the future, holding the core value of “client interest first, case quality first and good faith first” to provide quality and high-end IP legal service to worldwide clients.

2019416日,高通和苹果宣布达成和解协议,为持续两年多的全球诉讼划上句号。

20171月起,苹果开始在美国向高通发起反垄断等诉讼。随后,高通在美国、德国、中国等全球6个国家提起了一系列专利侵权诉讼作为回应,总案量超50件。截止目前,高通在全球的专利侵权诉讼中占据明显优势,尤其中国福州中院和德国慕尼黑法院都做出了有利于高通的禁令。在中国的无效程序中,高通超过20项的非标准必要专利的稳定性经受住了严格的考验,充分展现了高通的专利组合的高质量和高价值,证明了高通对于电子等高科技领域的技术贡献。而苹果区别对待不同法域司法机构的禁令的做法也饱受质疑。随着该和解协议的达成,高通和苹果双方将撤回在全球范围内的诉讼。

根据高通投资者关系网站上的消息,高通与苹果签署了一份为期6年的直接许可协议,并于201941日生效。该协议可以延长2年。苹果将向高通一次性支付一笔许可费。同时,双方还将签署一份多年的芯片组供应协议。经此役后,高通的商业模式得以继续和稳固。

柳沈律师事务所作为高通的中国代理律所之一,代表高通参加了专利的无效程序和相应诉讼程序,取得优异的成绩,获得客户的高度认可。在与国际领先高科技公司的合作过程中,柳沈律师团队对电学、软件等领域的侵权诉讼和无效程序的思路和难点进行深入的梳理和钻研,收获良好的效果。柳沈的律师团队将在未来的征程中继续发扬扎实专业的工匠精神,秉承“客户利益第一、案件质量第一、诚实信用第一”的核心价值观,向全世界客户提供优质高端的知识产权法律服务。

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Address 10/F, Building 1, 10 Caihefang Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080, China.
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