Apple is back at doing what they do best and it isn't making iPhones unfortunately! In a brand new legal war that the Cupertino giant has declared on the mobile chip maker, they are claiming that Qualcomm has not paid its due bills to Apple. Additionally, Apple also claims that Qualcomm has been charging Apple for patents that the company has no relation to.
According to the official statement detailed in the lawsuit, Qualcomm receives royalty payments for "older, legacy, standards," on which Apple's displays, cameras and even the TouchID may have been built on initially. Apple further states that the irrelevant patent claims are costing Apple, "at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined."
Secondly, they had started an investigation into Qualcomm a while back, which involved co-working with government law enforcement agencies. Somewhere during the course of this investigation, Qualcomm ended up with a due payment of $1 billion, which they have not yet acknowledged.
In response to these allegations, this is what Qualcomm had to say:
"While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm's business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome the opportunity to have these meritless claims heard in court where we will be entitled to full discovery of Apple's practices and a robust examination of the merits." - Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.
It is to be noted that Qualcomm is already facing an earlier charge for anti-competitive practices from the US Federal Trade Commission, which was made against the company just a few days back.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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