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Apple and Qualcomm agree to end legal battle, sign multi-year chipset supply deal

By Cookie Monster - on 17 Apr 2019, 7:52am

Apple and Qualcomm agree to end legal battle, sign multi-year chipset supply deal

Apple and Qualcomm decided to patch up and drop all litigation. 

In a press release earlier today, Apple states that all litigation between the two companies will be dismissed worldwide. The agreement also includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm, a six-year license agreement which is effective as of 1 April 2019 and comes with a two-year option to extend, and a multi-year chipset supply deal. 

With this deal, Apple is likely to be on track to launch a 5G iPhone in 2020. There were concerns about Apple lagging in the 5G race as it struggled to find suppliers for radio modems. Intel's 5G modems will not be ready until 2020 and Huawei said it had no communication with Apple on 5G modems.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm started in January 2017 after Apple sued Qualcomm for US$1 billion over royalty fees. This led to Qualcomm filing counterclaims to Apple's lawsuit in April 2017. While the legal battle with Apple is over, Qualcomm is still waiting for a federal judge's ruling on the claims made by the U.S Federal Trade Commission.

Source: Apple

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