3. Qualcomm and Apple not close to a deal, after all
In other Qualcomm news, last week CEO Steve Mollenkopf suggested that his company and Apple might the "on the doorstep" of a resolution to their long-running legal battle.
Not so fast. In San Diego Federal Court on Friday, Apple's lawyers suggested in that there were no talks.
Apple lawyer Juanita Brooks said, per Mlex (subscription required),"We are not engaged in settlement discussions and haven’t been in many months. We are ready for trial.”
Qualcomm said Mollenkopf has made it clear in the past that a “resolution” could come from either a settlement or from a decision out of court.
- The judge in that case, one of many disputes around the world between the 2 companies, set an April 15 trial date.
Why it matters: The case is a huge one, pitting together two giants of the tech world used to getting their way.
- In pushing forward in court, Qualcomm has lost revenue from one of its biggest customers, while Apple has been forced to go without Qualcomm's modems, which often support features rival chips don't.
- That said, Apple has managed to make that transition, going exclusively with Intel modems for the latest-generation iPhones.