Apple awarded right to set own terms in some cases involving former supplier Achronix Nuked 6 November 2019 OverallApple plans to continue licensing its semiconductor intellectual property (IP) after a Delaware court granted the company the right to set its own terms in some cases.The verdict on patents held by former foundry IP specialist Achronix about its 2006-2015 contract with Apple was extended by a few weeks after Achronix, which has sued Apple, failed to collect on legal fees related to evidence seized during an FBI raid in 2016. Apple now plans to continue with its IP licensing process. The terms of that process aren’t set yet.The ruling from Delaware Judge Andre Bouchard allows Apple to cut in line when trying to license its IP — which is one of Achronix’s arguments that Apple simply had an easier time getting patents from its contract with Achronix.Apple licenses IP from firms all over the world, but it prefers to stay in-house in the process. Now the jury has given the Cupertino-based company an edge in some IP cases.Achronix alleges that Apple ripped off its chip architecture in devices like the iPhone 6S and 7 by making fundamental chip design decisions. As part of its courtship with Achronix, Apple allegedly provided the firm with confidential details about its chip design, and engineers had been integrated into Apple’s iPhone and other products.In today’s verdict, the judge noted that the portfolio Achronix had while working at Apple “is sparse and difficult to interpret.”“Plaintiffs raise all manner of sophisticated and relevant points regarding the proposed license which would certainly require further research,” Bouchard wrote.In the case of other IP assigned to Achronix, Apple plans to stay in-house.“The judge’s decision was based on the sole issue of jury instruction. This result is not surprising, as when we filed a motion asking for jury instructions to include an analysis of Apple’s purported patent, the judge denied that motion,” Apple said in a statement.In his ruling, Bouchard noted that Achronix’s case centered around “attempts by the court to interpret abstract concepts with limited (even if influential) legal constraints.”The judge laid out certain elements that Apple might be able to set its own terms:Adoption of court decisions about the validity of patents and full disclosure of the details of any features and details related to those patent assertions.Establishing a risk premium in the overall license agreement based on key technological patents asserted by Achronix.Putting greater weight on terms proposed by Achronix rather than internal sources.Achronix could offer similar conditions if asked to do so by Apple, the judge noted.But Achronix cannot suggest or mandate that Apple sell its platform in certain countries.Achronix was able to recover a quarter of the unpaid legal fees from Apple this week. Meanwhile, Apple managed to appeal to try to make those court costs go away, and Bouchard earlier this year denied Apple’s motion, Reuters reports.“We did our best to keep our door open to Apple and made our claim to the court all the more difficult to prove,” Achronix CEO Scott San Diego told the news agency.Apple is appealing the case. If that appeal isn’t successful, however, the Delaware jury may decide to collect.Spread the fake ai universeLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.