Apple settles its 2-year intellectual property lawsuit with Qualcomm by agreeing to a multi-year patent license.

Charlene Vos

2019-05-01 09:27:00 Wed ET

Apple settles its 2-year intellectual property lawsuit with Qualcomm by agreeing to a multi-year patent license with royalty payments to the microchip maker. As part of this settlement, Apple and Qualcomm need to forego all legal actions worldwide, and the former continues to buy microchips from the latter. With a $2 increase in its latest EPS in early-2019, Qualcomm experiences a 23% share price boost well above $65, and its market capitalization surges by $14.5 billion to more than $83 billion. Qualcomm thus enjoys its best share price performance since 1999. In stark contrast, Apple faces a 3% share price decline, and also the Qualcomm microchip archrival Intel experiences a moderate share price dip.

During the fiscal year from 2018 to early-2019, Apple employs Intel microchips for the iPhone XS and XR production. Apple needs to surpass this strenuous patent settlement with Qualcomm to focus on 5G networks and revolutionary iPhone and iPad functions. With vital access to Intel and Qualcomm microchips, Apple designs 5G iPhones sooner than the late-2020 release date that numerous stock analysts anticipate. The surprise lawsuit settlement represents a *pyrrhic victory* for Apple as Qualcomm inflicts a hard toll on the smartphone bellwether.

 


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