Since January, the Qualcomm and Apple legal battle has been in the headlines every week, with new escalations occurring every day. Last week, we reported on Qualcomm’s latest hit to Apple to prevent them importing to the USA. This week, the latest addition to the case is a statement from Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf to Fortune magazine suggesting a settlement between the two major companies is likely.
The suggestion is that Qualcomm is very open to settlement discussions, but it is not yet known if Apple shares in this opinion. If a settlement is not agreed upon, it is highly probable that the case will go on for years.
“There’s not really anything new going on,” Mollenkopf said speaking at the Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen. About the Apple dispute, he explained: “those things tend to get to resolved out of court and there’s no reason why I wouldn’t expect that to be the case here.”
Mollenkopf went on to say that he has no specific news of a settlement and that nothing new has happened in the case. “I don’t have an announcement or anything so please don’t ask, he told Fortune. Mollenkopf made a similar statement back in February, but that was before the legal battle between the two companies intensified. At that time, he also said he didn’t expect a public fight, something Apple and Qualcomm have not been able to avoid.