Fed. Circ. Says Qualcomm Deal Dooms Apple's PTAB Appeals

Law360 (April 7, 2021, 5:48 PM EDT) -- Apple doesn't have standing to appeal Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings that upheld two Qualcomm patents, the Federal Circuit ruled in a precedential opinion Wednesday, citing a 2019 settlement between the two companies.

The panel said in an 11-page opinion that it was unconvinced by Apple's arguments that it had standing to appeal the PTAB's decisions upholding Qualcomm's patents due to its ongoing obligations to pay royalties under a license agreement as part of their six-year deal.

Apple argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2007 decision in MedImmune v. Genentech said that ongoing payment obligations as a condition for certain...

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