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Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – what lead to a patent war?

October 13, 2017  | Subscribers Only

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On January 20, 2017 Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm at the Southern District Court of California. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of breach of contract, violation of unfair competition laws and requested judgement on royalty rate it must pay for Qualcomm’s standard essential patents. (SEPs) Since Apple’s initial legal lawsuit, both companies filed additional lawsuits in different jurisdictions and the dispute grew into a full scale patent licensing war.


·         What are the external/internal environment that contributed to a patent war between Apple and Qualcomm?

·         What are the potential impact the patent can have on the smartphone industry?


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