In a San Diego federal court last Friday, chip maker Qualcomm stated that Apple owes it some $7 billion in device royalty payments. This is just the latest in a long string of claims and challenges between the chip maker and Apple.
Apple, a former customer of Qualcomm, filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the company for what it has called “double-dipping” on patent royalties. Apple claims that Qualcomm charged them once for the actual royalty and then were charged a royalty again when the chip were used in iPhones. This was filed last year by Apple.
Qualcomm has retorted stating that the royalty agreements were legal and have counter-sued Apple, claiming that the Cupertino tech giant passed trade secrets to rival chip manufacture Intel. Apple denies the claim.
Apple has since moved manufacturing of their A-Series of processors to TSMC. The Taiwan based company produced both the A11 and the A12 Bionic, the latest SoC for the iPhone XS and XR lineup. That processor is the first 7nm designed chip on the market.
The court battle between Apple and Qualcomm is far from over and with the eye watering figures involved in the case, it is unlikely it will be settled any time soon.