Apple and Qualcomm settle royalty dispute

Apple and Qualcomm said Tuesday that they had agreed to dismiss their dueling lawsuits around the world.

As a trial had started in a San Diego federal courtroom in an Apple complaint against Qualcomm, the companies said they had reached a six-year agreement under which Apple will pay unspecified royalties on Qualcomm patents.

Apple, maker of the iPhone, and Qualcomm, the biggest provider of mobile chips, had been battling over how Qualcomm charges royalties on its patents on mobile chips.

Qualcomm in the 1990s pioneered technology now critical in mobile devices, allowing it to charge royalties on smartphones even if they don’t have Qualcomm chips.

The settlement suggests Apple will drop its objection to the arrangement, assuming Qualcomm’s royalties aren’t set too high. Qualcomm shares jumped by more than 20 percent after the news.

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