Thursday, May 2nd 2019

Apple to Pay Qualcomm Up To $4.7 Billion in Licensing Fee Arrears

Qualcomm in its quarterly earnings results posted late Wednesday disclosed that it expects Apple to pay it anywhere between USD $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion in licensing fee arrears incurred over the past two years when the two companies were locked in a bitter wireless technology IP licensing dispute. This figure, however, is significantly less than the $7 billion Qualcomm earlier claimed Apple owed. Apple had alleged that Qualcomm unfairly used its market position to inflate costs of cellular modems, and had withheld payments since Q2 2017. Qualcomm's investors are interested in knowing how the two companies arrived at $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion, particularly if Apple scored a discount as part of the settlement.
Source: Bloomberg
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12 Comments on Apple to Pay Qualcomm Up To $4.7 Billion in Licensing Fee Arrears

#1
chaosmassive
[QUOTE=]Apple had alleged that Qualcomm unfairly used its market position .[/quote]that is rich, considering how Apple use their power lobbying government to suppress rights to repair/3rd party repairs,
and intentionally lock down their device for repair, data recovery, awful build quality and design, repeated engineering failure
that causing device to break earlier compared to other similar priced devices, planned obsolescence, and many other things which Apple do to control their consumers

Apple whining about Qualcomm abuses their power, while they doing the same to their customers
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#3
Metroid
This was a good thing to happen and in time apple will come back to earth from mars and price its products much more fairly than is today. Intel, apple and all the mafia companies that are still in the market will start paying their debts very soon. Fats cows only last for while.
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chaosmassive
Metroid, post: 4040351, member: 178915"
This was a good thing to happen and in time apple will come back to earth from mars and price its products much more fairly than is today. Intel, apple and all the mafia companies that are still in the market will start paying their debts very soon. Fats cows only last for while.
I am not defending other giant tech, because they also want to reap as much profit they could, but they do have competitor to keep them in check from other giant tech company as well, (intel vs amd) (microsoft vs google) for example, they forced to be more competitive to their consumer so that they wont 'defect' to their competitor
but Apple? while there are attempts to imitate apple design/build, but apple ecosystem is so deeply embedded that their consumer willing to be abused/milked to death just to keep using apple product
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#5
jsfitz54
Metroid, post: 4040351, member: 178915"
Fats cows only last for while.
Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.
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#6
yakk
Apple paying what they're owing, at least partly.

Who would've guessed Qualcomm's legal team could delay Apple's legal team enough until Apple had no choice but to buy from Qualcomm since Apple never had a real alternative.

And called Intel's bluff in the process.
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#7
Vayra86
Karma is a 4.7 billion bitch.
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Qualcomm should of threw more lawyers into the fray and shouted "all in!"

Its not like they don't have $7billion to fork out. Though I guess that would wipe a massive chunk of their price on the stockmarket as investors take their money elsewhere
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#9
NdMk2o1o
5bn off their top line, not too mention the slow decline of market share over the last 12 months for Apple, guess the chickens are coming home to roost.
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#11
lexluthermiester
Vayra86, post: 4040424, member: 152404"
Karma is a 4.7 billion bitch.
And it would have cost them half that if they had just been honest in the first place. Since Jobs went to go "Turn heaven a profit" Apple has been shady and lately downright dishonest. Cook needs to go and if the Apple board were wise, they would find someone like jobs to take the lead...
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#12
Vayra86
lexluthermiester, post: 4042353, member: 134537"
And it would have cost them half that if they had just been honest in the first place. Since Jobs went to go "Turn heaven a profit" Apple has been shady and lately downright dishonest. Cook needs to go and if the Apple board were wise, they would find someone like jobs to take the lead...
I'm not sure Jobs could have stopped the trend either. Apple was always dishonest and always looking for those chokeholds to control the market and their entire chain. As most other companies. Apple's just been pretty successful at it on the back of their popularity. I still get a funny aftertaste everytime I walk past a 'premium reseller'. I always glance in to see how many fools and money are being parted today.

I think what's happening with Apple is inevitable and it also happens elsewhere on mobile; its fast becoming a stagnant market much like the PC is, and that takes some adjustment. Apple already adjusted quite a bit, but its fighting many competitors now instead of being the halo brand. Apple is no longer the one pushing best practices in smartphones, because really, that is what made them as big as they are. We know those best practices now, and its the norm. What we see is a company / shareholders that have trouble getting to grips with that.
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