Apple's Cook, Qualcomm's Mollenkopf make list of possible trial witnesses

CNET | 3/28/2019 | Shara Tibken
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Apple CEO Tim Cook could testify during the upcoming trial against Qualcomm.

The next public appearance by Apple CEO Tim Cook could be as a witness at his company's upcoming trial against Qualcomm.

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The executive is one of many possible witnesses listed in a joint filing from Apple and Qualcomm on Thursday as they prepare to face off in court next month over Qualcomm's licensing practices. The list includes top executives from Apple and Qualcomm -- such as both companies' CEOs -- as well as representatives from Apple's contract manufactures, third parties like Samsung and Motorola, and various experts.

The companies likely won't call everyone listed, partly because of time constraints.

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The San Diego trial starts April 15 and is slated to last for 20 days. There are billions of dollars at stake, with Apple's manufacturing partners asking for $27 billion in damages in the trial. The contract manufacturers -- which include Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision; Compal; Pegatron; and Wistron -- are involved in the case because they're the ones who license Qualcomm's patents on behalf of Apple. Apple and Qualcomm are also asking for damages.

Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting over patents and licensing since January 2017, when Apple filed suit against Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying the maker of wireless chips didn't give fair licensing terms for its technology. Apple wants to pay a lower amount for using Qualcomm technology in its devices. Qualcomm, the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, responded by suing Apple for patent infringement and seeking a ban on iPhone sales.

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Qualcomm maintains that no modern handset -- including the iPhone -- would've been possible without its cellular technologies. Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G,...
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