Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf sees a day when his firm will probably be on pleasant phrases with Apple.
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Qualcomm’s authorized feud with Apple is not private — it is strictly enterprise.
Although the 2 firms are locked in a fierce battle over patents and licensing charges, the 2 will in the future be capable of mend fences and work collectively once more, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf mentioned Tuesday when requested whether or not the connection could possibly be saved.
“Yeah, in the long run it is essential to recollect is that basically it is a dialogue about pricing over the basic expertise that makes the telephone,” Mollenkopf mentioned throughout an onstage interview on the WSJ D.Stay tech convention in Laguna Seashore, California. “So actually it comes all the way down to how a lot are you going to pay.”
The 2 firms have been preventing over patents since January, when Apple filed swimsuit towards Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying the wi-fi chipmaker did not give truthful licensing phrases for its expertise. It desires to pay a decrease quantity for utilizing Qualcomm expertise in its units.
Qualcomm, the world’s greatest supplier of cellular chips, responded by suing Apple for patent infringement and searching for a ban on iPhone gross sales. The corporate maintains that no fashionable handset — together with the iPhone — would have been potential with out its mobile applied sciences.
Qualcomm has an extended historical past of settling these points, and typically these instances get extra publicity than others, “and that is definitely the case this time,” Mollenkopf mentioned.
“I feel we’ll get by means of it, we have now a really sturdy product relationship with [Apple],” Mollenkopf mentioned. “We typically have these disputes, however you will have a broad relationship.”
So when does Mollenkopf count on Apple and Qualcomm to make up?
“I haven’t got a date on that one,” he mentioned. “It can get resolved.”
Apple did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
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