Having Argued Qualcomm’s Tech Was Worthless, Apple Actually Believes It’s “The Best”

Apple and Qualcomm were locked in a legal battle ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-qualcomm-jury-selection-complete/) for nearly two years before finally reaching a settlement ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-qualcomm-settlement/) earlier this week, shortly after the trial began. During that period, Apple publicly argued that Qualcomm’s technology was worthless.

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According to an internal Apple memo Qualcomm showed during the trial this week, however, Apple executives used words like “the best” to describe the chip maker’s engineering, while another memo described Qualcomm as having a “unique patent share” and “significant holdings,” The Washington Post ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/19/apple-said-qualcomms-tech-was-no-good-private-communications-it-was-best/) is reporting.

Apple’s criticism of Qualcomm led to over 80 lawsuits around the world and influenced governments to change laws and regulations in the iPhone maker’s favour. Apple argued that Qualcomm’s patents were no more valuable than those of competitors like Ericsson and Huawei, but Qualcomm argued in court that the documents show otherwise.

The documents also raise questions about the methods Apple used to inflict pain on Qualcomm and whether Apple really believed its own arguments to lawmakers, regulators, judges, and juries when it tried to change not just its long-standing business agreement with Qualcomm but the very laws and practices that have allowed inventors to profit from their work and investments.

“While it’s very common for companies who are engaged in legal disputes to play hardball, the disclosure of these documents is very unsettling,” said Adam Mossoff, a law professor at George Mason University.

The settlement the two companies reached this week includes a six-year licensing agreement and a multiyear supply agreement. Apple will also make an estimated payment of $6 billion to Qualcomm ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/apple-paid-6-billion-to-qualcomm-says-ubs/).

B.C. Judge Rules Having Phone ‘Within Sight’ No Longer Constitutes Distracted Driving

A recent ruling in a B.C. courtroom has set a new precedent for how distracted driving laws will be enforced across the province.

According to a new report ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/explainer-distracted-driving-ruling-1.5066810) from CBC News, a recent ruling by a B.C. Supreme Court judge overturning a conviction for one local driver could be a game changer, after arguing having a phone in plain sight doesn’t count as distracted driving.

“This case is important because there was a real lack of clarity in the law and inconsistency in judgments from traffic court,” said Vancouver-based criminal lawyer Kyla Lee, who represented in the case.

“Some justices were saying that you had to have it affixed to the vehicle, some were saying loose in the vehicle is totally fine. Police officers were inconsistently enforcing [distracted driving rules].”

According to Lee, police no longer have the ability to ticket drivers who have their mobile phones visible in the vehicle but not touching them. In other words, it’s now okay for drivers to place their cellphones in say, a cup holder or on the passenger seat, while driving.

A spokesperson for the B.C. RCMP’s traffic services said that distracted driving tickets will now only be written for drivers who are “using” their cell phone — simply having it in the car no longer warrants a ticket.

A distracted driving ticket currently costs $368 CAD for a first infraction, plus a one-time $210 CAD insurance premium and four penalty points on the driving record.

Distracted driving remains a problem throughout B.C. and throughout Canada. Recently, one B.C. driver was slapped with $1,800 in distracted driving fines ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.ca/news/bc-driver-gets-2-tickets-in-6-mins/) in just six minutes.