Apple is now behind $ 7 billion in patent royalty payments to Qualcomm after ordering contracted manufacturers to withhold more remittances because the chipmaker engages in unfair licensing practices, according to testimony presented to the court on Friday.
At a hearing on Friday, Qualcomm asked a federal judge in San Diego to reject all of Apple’s claims related to nine carefully selected patents, whose validity Apple questions, because the company has told Apple and its Asian manufacturers that it will not. affirm any claim of infringement on them.
Apple and Qualcomm are involved in a series of legal actions. Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair patent licensing practices. Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile phones, has accused Apple of patent infringement.
Qualcomm commented on the size of Apple’s unpaid royalties at a hearing in one of the cases in federal court in San Diego. Apple has disputed the amount of royalties owed to Qualcomm.
Apple has argued that Qualcomm is forcing it to pay the same patents twice, once Apple uses the Qualcomm chip in iPhones and then again through patent royalties. Qualcomm has argued that its practices are legal and that Apple is trying to destroy Qualcomm’s business model after having accepted it for years.