Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a high-profile legal battle that’s done nothing but escalate since the beginning. In a new interview with Fortune, however, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf seems to be changing the company’s tone, saying he now expects an out of court settlement…
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Mollenkopf says there are no new developments in the case as of right now, but notes “there’s no reason why” the issue won’t be settled out of court.
“There’s not really anything new going on,” Mollenkopf said. “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.”
Nevertheless, Mollenkopf goes on to say that he doesn’t have anything to announce right now.
Mollenkopf’s attitude has seemingly taken a sharp turn as Qualcomm has continually escalated its battle with Apple. The company counter sued Apple earlier this year and denied allegations that it engaged in monopolistic activities to prevent Apple from sourcing key components from competitors.
Instead of just denying Apple’s allegations, however, Qualcomm levied its own share of accusations at Apple. In its countersuit, the chipmaker accused Apple of breach of contract and interfering with agreements and relationships Qualcomm has with other companies. Furthermore, Qualcomm said that Apple is doing nothing more than trying to use its power to force Qualcomm into lowering its royalties for its own sake.
Most notably, Qualcomm officially filed a patent infringement suit against Apple last week. The suit seeks an iPhone import ban on…
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