Eddy Cue to be filed in Qualcomm vs. Apple iPhone patent battle

Last mth, we reported that Tim Cook would face deposits Qualcomm patent royalties in June. Today, another Apple SVP is added to the list.

Bloomberg reports that Eddy Cue is now filed in the case. Apparently, Apple protested the move, but San Diego federal judge Mitchell D. Dembin finally declined, preferring Qualcomm's request to add Cue to the program.

Apple argued in November that Cue had nothing to do with the case. he simply supervises the services of the company. However, Qualcomm cites Cue as e of the leading negotiators when the original iPhone was launched in 2007.

The problem is that Apple uses Qualcomm chips in its iPhones, demanding that the company pays Qualcomm fees for the use of its chipset in its smartphes. However, Apple believes that Qualcomm is charging far too much for royalties and is willing to sue the company to reduce its royalty rates.

For several generatis of iPhone, Apple divides its modems between Intel and Qualcomm. Rumors have suggested that Apple could aband Qualcomm entirely this year's iPhone, using ly Intel chips.

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