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Apple Loses Bid to Challenge Qualcomm Patents After Settlement

Nov. 10, 2021, 2:51 PM

Apple’s settlement of a patent dispute with Qualcomm precludes it from pursuing efforts to invalidate patents in the case, a U.S. appeals court ruled.

  • Apple had petitioned the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to have certain patents canceled, but the board ruled in Qualcomm’s favor
  • Apple appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • Normally, a challenger who loses at the patent office can appeal to the Federal Circuit, but that right is limited if there’s no related litigation -- citizens groups, hedge funds and even competitors have been rebuffed by the Federal Circuit
  • Apple tried ...