Qualcomm New Lawsuit Says Apple Is Trying to Devalue the Fundamental Qualcomm Technologies

Posted by at 10:18 am on April 11, 2017

Qualcomm filed another lawsuit against Apple and accused the iPhone maker of bad behavior.

The filing is in response to one Apple made against Qualcomm earlier this year. It that argument, Apple accused Qualcomm of abusing its market position to unfairly charge for chips and licenses.

Qualcomm’s response points out five major grievances with Apple, suggesting the company has not negotiated in good faith to license Qualcomm’s patents.

Specifically, Qualcomm says Apple “chose not to utilize the full performance of Qualcomm’s modem chips in its iPhone 7 [and] misrepresented the performance disparity between iPhones using Qualcomm modems and those using competitor-supplied modems.”

Qualcomm also accused Apple of breaching and mischaracterizing agreements with Qualcomm, interfering with Qualcomm’s licensees, encouraging regulatory attack around the world, and threatening Qualcomm to go public over disparities in chip performance.

Qualcomm is seeking damages from Apple for “reneging on its promises in several agreements” and it wants Apple to cease interfering with Qualcomm’s partners.

Qualcomm has come under fire from several governments, including that of the U.S., that allege Qualcomm uses predatory and unfair licensing practices.

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