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Qualcomm-Apple settlement is surprisingly good for Intel, but it’s bad news for Samsung

Daniel Newman
Qualcomm-Apple settlement is surprisingly good for Intel, but it’s bad news for Samsung

With the exception of a handful of people in the know, no one expected Apple and Qualcomm to agree to settle all of their global litigation this week, particularly not on Day Two of their latest trial. On the one hand, Apple’s (AAPL) challenge to Qualcomm’s (QCOM) business practices threatened the latter’s model of developing intellectual property through significant R&D investment and then licensing the technology to device makers. On the other, Apple was beginning to collect a string of legal defeats involving patent infringements that threatened its ability to keep selling popular iPhone models in some of its most critical markets.