Qualcomm Countersues Apple in Ongoing Legal Battle
Though it did not arrive as soon as some observers had expected, Qualcomm has reacted to the suit filed against it in a Chinese court by Apple back in January with an almost inevitable countersuit. The new suit alleges that the Cupertino-based company breached or misunderstood previously made agreements and refuses to acknowledge the value of Qualcomm’s contributions to products like the iPhone 7 and other Apple flagships.
The main thrust of the countersuit seems to be that Apple could not have made the profits it has without Qualcomm’s technology. On top of that, it also takes umbrage at Apple’s claims that iPhones using Intel chips performed better than those running on Qualcomm ones, saying that Apple “misrepresented” the data in question and that they gave Intel preferential treatment in this case.
The original suit by Apple was filed more or less at the same time that the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against Qualcomm for antitrust violations. Though technically unrelated, both sets of legal challenges revolved around the idea that Qualcomm was abusing its monopoly. The FTC alleges that the company is abusing its FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) patents and specifically named Apple as a victim of these practices — fairly unique in this kind of case.
Apple continued on this vein and added the accusation that Qualcomm punished them for doing business with competitors as well as cooperating with governments in the many, many investigations Qualcomm has faced over the last few years. Qualcomm, of course, denies this, but in its countersuit they’ve alleged that it has in fact been Apple that has abused its dominant market position and forced Qualcomm to adhere to all manners of unfair licensing practices. How this game of “he-said-she-said” will play out remains to be seen, but clearly, it’s far from over.
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