Despite the settlement of the dispute between the two tech firms, the USSupreme Court on Monday again declined to hear Apple''s plea to restart an effort to cancel three Qualcomm smartphone patents.
Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple in a federal court in San Diego in 2017, claiming that its iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watchmodels violated a variety of mobile-technology patents. That case was part of a worldwide dispute between the two companies.
In this instance, Apple challenged the validity of the patents at issue at the US Patent and Trademark Office''s patent trial and appeal board.
In 2019, the companies resolved their underlying fight, negotiating a deal worth billions of dollars that allows Apple to continue using Qualcomm chips in iPhones. The settlement included an Apple license to tens of thousands of Qualcomm patents, but allowed the patent-board proceedings to be continued.
Apple appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after the patent-specialist Apple case. Cupertino, a California firm, claimed it had adequate legal standing to appeal, claiming that Qualcomm might sue again once the license expires, possibly as soon as 2025.
A 2-1 verdict against a federal court dismissed the case last year for a lack of standing, claiming that Apple''s risk of being sued again was speculative, and the challenge would not affect its payment obligations under the settlement.
Qualcomm once again asserted that Apple hasn''t demonstrated any significant damage to justify the appeal, just as in the "materially identical" case that the High Court rejected.
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