The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected Apple’s request for a hearing on two Qualcomm patents alleging infringement by the iPhone maker of its technologies.
In 2019, Qualcomm and Apple announced an agreement to dismiss all ongoing litigation, including those involving Apple’s contract manufacturers, between the two firms globally.
The firms signed a global patent license deal and a chipset supply arrangement.
However, the dispute went before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Apple contended that both patents should be invalidated, but the board decided in Qualcomm’s favor, as reported by The Verge.
Despite Apple’s claims that its “royalty payments and risk of being sued again were causes for a hearing,” the Federal Circuit court last year dismissed the tech giant’s appeal request based on the 2019 settlement.
Now, the United States Supreme Court has also decided not to grant Apple’s request for a hearing over the two patents that claimed that Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches infringed upon them.
A deal between Apple and Qualcomm was made in 2019 when chipmaker Intel opted to abandon the 5G smartphone modem industry and conduct an assessment of the potential for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, Internet of Things devices, and other data-focused devices.
Since 2017, Apple and Qualcomm have been engaged in a patent licencing dispute.
Apple hoped to save money by utilizing Qualcomm’s technology in its products. Qualcomm’s response was to sue Apple for patent infringement and seek a sales ban on the iPhone.