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Qualcomm CEO expects Apple spat to be settled out of court

The issue between Qualcomm and Apple is not "really anything new," Qualcomm's CEO says at a Fortune conference.


Qualcomm's CEO expects an out-of-court settlement with Apple.

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Qualcomm and Apple have gone back and forth in the courtroom, but that's not where Qualcomm's chief exec expects their dispute to end.

At Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference Monday, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said the company's case with Apple is not "really anything new," adding that matters like theirs usually get settled outside of court, reported Fortune

"Those things tend to get to resolved out of court and there's no reason why I wouldn't expect that to be the case here," he said at the conference in Aspen, Colorado. However, no announcement of a resolution has come yet.  

The battle began in January with Apple taking Qualcomm to court over allegations of unfair licensing terms. The argument escalated over the past six months, with both companies firing accusations back and forth. Most recently, Qualcomm sought a ban on Apple devices, saying Apple uses its technology without paying for it.

Qualcomm has more than enough on its plate to worry about even without its fight with Apple. The company just lost its appeal against a $669,000 daily penalty that the EU could impose for not submitting documents requested by the European Commission. In the US, Qualcomm is also battling a Federal Trade Commission antitrust suit, which accuses the company of charging excessive royalties and weakening rivals with its market dominance.

Qualcomm and Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.