Apple v. Qualcomm trial kicks off in San Diego: jury of nine selected, live tweets disallowed

Today was Day One of the Apple, Foxconn et al. v. Qualcomm trial in San Diego (Southern District of California). Formally, there are two cases, which the court combined under the official caption In re Qualcomm litigation. The reason for two cases existing technically is that a few months after Apple sued Qualcomm in January 2017, Qualcomm sued Apple's four contract manufacturers (Foxconn, Wistron, Pegatron, and Compal), who counterclaimed. The contract manufacturers' counterclaims became the economically biggest issue in the case, amounting to approximately $9 billion, which could be tripled (as a damages enhancement) to $27 billion. Qualcomm is seeking damages of up to $15 billion according to Reuters.United States District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel is presiding over the trial. In one of his most important pretrial decisions, Judge Curiel agreed with Apple and its contract manufacturers that this is indeed primarily an antitrust/FRAND case, which…

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