If you are a loyal reader of World is Small, you are aware that there is a trial going on between Apple and Qualcomm, the former supplier of modems for the apple brand. The San Diego company had also equipped all of the iPhone from its modems up toIphone 6. Since then, the Cupertino company has changed supplier and moved to Intel, another specialist in the field.
The two actors have been opposing each other for many months. So this week finally took place the historic trial, in which Qualcomm accuses Apple of having stolen three of its patents. As a reminder, the first allows a smartphone to connect to the Internet as soon as it is turned on. The second allows applications to download data faster. And the third allows the iPhone to have a longer autonomy thanks to a special graphics processing.
On the second day of the trial, Apple counterattacked by announcing that it was Qualcomm that had stolen the first patent, by not accrediting the employee at the Apple responsible for its creation. Today, Qualcomm advances the amount of damages it wishes. The company estimates that for each iPhone sold, the amount is $ 1.40. Since 22 million iPhones rely on patents, Qualcomm therefore wants a total of $ 31 million. Not much for Apple, which has $ 245 billion. But it is a matter of principle, obviously.