Brilliant strategy by Apple’s lawyer minimizes Qualcomm’s contribution to the iPhone


Apple and Qualcomm have kicked off their billion dollar antitrust trial in San Diego. As Foss Patents reports, the opening statement from Apple’s attorney contained some major points that Apple will probably continue to hammer at during the trial. First, some background. When Apple exclusively used Qualcomm’s modem chips for the iPhone from 2011-2015, both sides agreed that Apple would receive a $1 billion incentive payment from the chip maker annually. But Qualcomm stopped making this payment after Apple spoke out against it during a hearing held by the South Korea Fair Trade Commission. …

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