Qualcomm effectively granted Apple a late-payment discount worth billions of dollars

“After Apple, its contract manufacturers and Qualcomm settled their antitrust and [contract] dispute at the beginning of a trial in San Diego (Southern District of California) two weeks ago, both parties declined to disclose any financial terms,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents. “Apparently Apple obtained a direct patent license from Qualcomm, and will use 5G modem chips from Qualcomm in some future iPhone models, and it became known that Apple would make a one-time payment to Qualcomm under the new agreement.”

“Despite the parties’ efforts to keep the terms of the deal confidential, the impact on Qualcomm’s financials is more than big enough that the patent licensing and chipset company had to say something in its earnings report for its second fiscal quarter of 2019, which also contains guidance on the third quarter and beyond,” Mueller writes. “So we know now that the one-time payment is in the range from $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion.”

“Instead of interest (or: interest on interest) on top of the $7 billion or more in previously-unpaid patent royalties, Qualcomm apparently had to discount its claim by several billion dollars in order to reach an agreement with Apple. The $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion amount of Apple’s one-time payment is clearly a lot less than the royalties Qualcomm would have received if Apple, through its contract manufacturers, had made payments in accordance with the earlier agreement,” Mueller writes. “What we don’t know, of course, is whether Apple in exchange made some concessions with respect to ongoing royalties.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Meanwhile, Apple’s work on their own 5G modem chipsets continues with a nice cushion of time to get everyone and everything in place, ready to go!

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