Since then, numerous cases between the pair have appeared on court's rosters throughout the world. Two out of the three patent infringements covers iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Thursday ruled that Qualcomm, the world's biggest supplier of mobile phone chips, was obligated to pay almost US$1 billion in rebate payments to Apple, which for years used Qualcomm's modem chips to connect iPhones to wireless data networks.More news: Donald Trump Calls On FCC, FEC To Investigate SNL
Apple's contract factories, which under normal circumstances would pay Qualcomm for patent royalties owed on iPhones, have already withheld the almost US$1 billion in payments to Qualcomm.
In the broader licensing fight, Qualcomm has lost billions of dollars in revenue after Apple, through its Asian manufacturers, stopped paying patent royalties in 2017.
The on-going legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has taken a twist as the US District Court for the Southern District of California has ruled in favour of Qualcomm.
"Qualcomm's illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry", Apple said in a statement.More news: Cadillac CT5 Borrows Styling From Escala Concept
Qualcomm Inc. won the first USA jury trial in its global dispute with Apple with several court cases set to be heard in coming months which if they go against Apple will result in iPhone sales being halted in some markets. Qualcomm has filed a number of patent suits against Apple in recent years. The jury has ordered that Apple pay US$1.41 per iPhone with patent infringement, which comes to about US$31 million.
The three patents support different functions on iPhones, all of which has become normalised features of the devices.
Gaston Kroub, a patent lawyer in NY not involved in the case, said the verdict was clearly a win for Qualcomm. Qualcomm would be happy with the victory but the amount is minuscule in front the much larger $1 billion payment that they might owe Apple.
The iPhone company also expressed its disappointment with the outcome, though the company refused to comment further and did not reveal if they will be filing an appeal to the decision.More news: 'Egg Boy' Will Send GoFundMe Money to Christchurch Shooting Victims