A US court has ruled that Qualcomm owes Apple close to $1 billion in rebate payments.
As part of the 2013 Business Cooperation and Patent Agreement between the companies, the chipmaker made “sizeable quarterly payments” to Apple to offset its licensing fees until 2016, according to a report.
Qualcomm stopped making payments to Apple, before their contract ended, accusing the iPhone-maker of breaching their contract by involving government bodies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into probing the chipmaker’s business practices.
Ahead of the April trial in San Diego, Judge Gonzalo P Curiel has ruled in favour of Apple and his decision holds Qualcomm on the hook for the payments that it had stopped making in 2016. Even though the ruling is not final, it gives Apple a win over Qualcomm before they face-off in court.
Apple snaps at Spotify for antitrust complaint
Taking exception to Spotify’s complaint with the European Union (EU) alleging that the iOS App Store rules are unfair, Apple has slammed the Swedish music streaming giant for wanting “all the benefits of a free app without being free”. “A full 84 pc of the apps in the App Store pay nothing to Apple when you download or use the app. That’s not discrimination, as Spotify claims,” Apple said in a statement.