Apple CEO Tim Cook to Testify in Apple v. Qualcomm Trial in San Diego Next Month

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be heading to San Diego next month to testify in the Apple v. Qualcomm trial that will see Apple challenging Qualcomm's patent licensing practices, reports Bloomberg.

Along with Cook, Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf will testify, and other Apple witnesses could include former head of Apple hardware Bob Mansfield, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, and former general counsel Bruce Sewell.


Cook will testify on Apple's business strategy, financial performance, and agreements with other tech companies.

Executives from Foxconn and Samsung are also expected to make an appearance at the trial, as Qualcomm will be attempting to recoup royalty payments from Apple suppliers that stopped paying royalties on Qualcomm patents back in 2017.

The April trial pertains to the first lawsuit that Apple filed against Qualcomm back in January 2017 over Qualcomm's failure to pay royalty rebates. Apple has accused Qualcomm of charging unfair royalties for "technologies they have nothing to do with" and using exclusionary tactics and high patent licensing fees to remain the dominant baseband chip supplier. The trial is set to kick off on April 15.

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omihek

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So far it's not looking too good for Apple. Either way I'm sure iPhone prices will only go up, so the consumer loses no matter who wins the trial.
 

avanpelt

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Shame Court TV isn’t around anymore — though I’m sure cameras won’t be allowed in the courtroom anyway.
 

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Unfair doesnt mean illegal. If Tim signed a unfair contract, that is his fault. Quit whining and get back to innovating.
1) Illegal isn’t relevant. Qualcomm agreed to license their standards essential patents at fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) rates. Apple contends they violated this obligation.

2) The previous license agreement had expired, and I believe Apple had already paid what they owed under that agreement. It was Qualcomm who whined that Apple broke a separate rebate agreement (by cooperating with investigations into QC’s potentially illegal business practices) and QC who started withholding the rebate payments from Apple. That’s when Apple instructed their suppliers to begin withholding license fees due to Qualcomm, as a way of recouping the rebate money they believed QC had no right to hold back. A recent court decision found in Apple’s favor, holding that Apple had not violated the rebate agreement.

3) Apple and QC were never able to come to terms on a subsequent license agreement, with Apple claiming Qualcomm won’t agree to FRAND terms as they are obligated to do, and if I understand correctly, also arguing various antitrust violations/anti-competitive behaviors. Apple does owe license fees to QC, but exactly what those fees should be is in dispute. iirc there is an issue of enforceability of certain QC license agreement terms related to QC’s “double-dipping” but I don’t know if that’s at issue in this April 15 trial.

That’s my understanding, anyway.
 
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“It’s not fair.....waaaah waah” tim apple. Deal with it.
Deal with what? QC trying to charge unfair rates?

Nope. Not on Tim :apple:’s watch. He’s not stupid, and neither are Apple’s attorneys. They think Qualcomm wants unfair license fees. QC disagrees. So the court will decide the matter.

QC has much more to lose than Apple.
 

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"in San Diego next month". Could you change the title to "April 2019"? Because three days from now, the title will be completely wrong. Actually, tomorrow this post is also wrong because tomorrow the title will be wrong two days from now.
 

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For anyone now following closely, out of all the cases in Apple Vs Qualcomm, this one is the real deal.

And its decision, while still many be years from final, will have a lasting impact to everyone in the industry.
 

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So far it's not looking too good for Apple. Either way I'm sure iPhone prices will only go up, so the consumer loses no matter who wins the trial.
Say what? Qualcomm has lost numerous antitrust lawsuits all over the world and paid billions in fines. In fact, I don’t think they’ve won a single case yet.

Not sure what evidence you have to say it’s not looking good for Apple.
 

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Say what? Qualcomm has lost numerous antitrust lawsuits all over the world and paid billions in fines. In fact, I don’t think they’ve won a single case yet.

Not sure what evidence you have to say it’s not looking good for Apple.
They've been blocked from sale in two countries and now even the U.S. court is saying they infringed.
 
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They've been blocked from sale in two countries and now even the U.S. court is saying they infringed.
Those cases have absolutely nothing to do with the current antitrust cases. They are "nuisance" cases Qualcomm brought to try and pressure Apple, and Apple isn't budging. They are also preliminary results with the final results yet to be decided.
 

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For Apple's sake, Cook better be more believable testifying than he is during keynotes.
 

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Gotta be in it to win it
For Apple's sake, Cook better be more believable testifying than he is during keynotes.
He does great at keynotes and will be same on the “stand”.
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I want to hear Tim use the word “exciting” and “pipeline” during his testimony. Dollars to donuts he gets them in there.
What’s wrong with “magical”?:rolleyes:
 
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