Qualcomm CEO expects Apple spat to be settled out of court – CNET

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Qualcomm and Apple have gone back and forth in the court room, but that’s not where the former’s CEO expects their dispute to end.

At Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference yesterday, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said the company’s case with Apple is not “really anything new,” and said matters like this usually get settled outside of court, reports Fortune

“Those things tend to get to resolved out of court and there’s no reason why I wouldn’t expect that to be the case here,” he said. However, no announcement on a resolution has come yet, with Mollenkopf asking for no further questions on the matter.  

The battle began in January with Apple taking Qualcomm to court over allegations of unfair licensing terms. The argument escalated over the past six months, with both companies firing accusations back and forth. Most recently, Qualcomm sought a ban on Apple devices that run without Qualcomm chips, saying Apple uses its technology without paying for it.

Qualcomm has more than enough on its plate to worry about even without its fight with Apple. The company just lost its appeal against a $660,000 daily penalty that the EU could impose on it for not submitting documents requested by the European Commission, documents that charged the company with beating out its rival, Icera, using anti-competitive measures. In the US, it’s also battling the FTC’s antitrust suit, which accuses the company of charging excessive royalties and weakening rivals with its market dominance.

CNET has reached out to Qualcomm and Apple for comments.

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