If you follow us daily, you may have noticed that every week there is a new episode of the case Apple vs. Qualcomm. Lastly, the mobile chip maker was sued by four Ma suppliers, who claimed that Qualcomm violated an antitrust law. Last night, another revs as informed to Reuters.
The Computer and Communications Industry Association (Computer & Communications Industry Association) that has in its associates companies as Alphabet (Google parent company), Amazon.com, Microsoft, Facebook, Samsung, Intel, Netflix, eBay, among others, requested the United States International Trade Commission (U.S. International Trade Commission, or ITC) that rejects Qualcomm's request to ban imports of iPhones.
As we have already informed, because of this fight, all Qualcomm has requested ITC to ban imports of iPhones and iPads to the USA which do not use their chips (currently, Intel also provides mobile connectivity chips to Ma).
According to the association, the ban would cause "significant impacts on the supply" of phones and harm consumers.
Qualcomm is already using its dominant position to pressure competitors and tax the competition. If ITC grants that exclusion order, it would help Qualcomm to use its monopoly power to increase leverage against Apple and allow it to raise prices on consumer devices.
But even more critical is the principle of open competition that has historically been important to the economic success of the United States. ITC has the option to further reward anti-competitive behavior or to reject this anti-consumer, anti-consumer market request.
Ed Black, CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
It is curious to see that Samsung itself, Apple's great rival in the smartphone market and that supposedly could benefit greatly from the banning of iPhones, is, even if indirectly, supporting Ma.
Of the two, one: either Qualcomm is suffering this new reprisal because it is in fact wrong in its claim, or the companies / manufacturers of mobile devices that are part of the association saw a great opportunity to see Apple coming out victorious in the case and, later, , also renegotiating its contracts with Qualcomm after all, hardly a current smartphone does not use a chip from the San Diego manufacturer.
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Update 07/21/2017 s 19:21
As we said, the Intel is part of the Association of the Computer and Communications Industry. Still, the manufacturer decided to make its formal ITC complaint (PDF) independently, stating, among other things, that Qualcomm currently has a monopoly thanks to anti-competitive practices, and not because of its products or because of its innovations. .
In addition, Intel has stated that Qualcomm violates the obligations attached to a company that must license standards (that is, essential patents for competitors), violating commitments to organizations that control large groups of patents. The company also points out that Qualcomm's licensing agreements exclude rivals, such as Intel itself, from competing for a vital Apple business (the smartphone market) by offering competitive wireless chipsets.