In testimony on March 8, Qualcomm Inc. revealed that it is seeking $31 million in damages from Apple Inc. for its alleged violation of Qualcomm’s patents.
The two-week trial began in San Diego on March 4, with Qualcomm alleging that Apple had infringed three of its patents for power-saving technology in iPhones that use Intel’s modems. Qualcomm had been the sole supplier of modems for Apple until 2016, when it began using Intel’s modems in the iPhone 7.
According to CNET, the $31 million was calculated based on a $1.40 fine per iPhone. Apple, for its part, said that figure overvalued Qualcomm’s patents.
Apple is expected to bring its key witness, former engineer Arjuna Siva, to the stand next week. Apple claims that Siva co-invented one of the technologies in question and should be named in the patent.
The International Trade Commission is expected to rule later this month on a similar patent case. Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender found Apple violated one of Qualcomm’s patents in September. The full commission is expected to issue a final ruling on March 26.