In January, the Apple processed the Qualcomm monopoly in the wireless chip market, requiring $ 1 billion. At the time, the chip maker claimed that there was "no basis" in Ma's accusations and that the company had "intentionally mischaracterized the agreements and negotiations". For this imbroglio just got worse, since who is suing Qualcomm now.
Yesterday, Monday (10/4), Qualcomm announced the opening of a counter-process on Apple all the details are in this PDF.
Based on the response it had previously given in its statement, Qualcomm officially denied Apple's allegations and also accused it of having entered into agreements with "m f" regarding its 3G and 4G chips. In addition, Ma has also been accused of violating licensing agreements, stating that the company has made false claims which have encouraged jurisdictions around the world to attack the chip maker probably referring to other lawsuits filed in China and the United Kingdom.
For the past ten years, Apple has played a significant role in bringing the benefits of mobile technology to consumers with its popular products and services. But Apple could not have built the incredible iPhone franchise, which made it the most profitable company in the world, capturing more than 90% of smartphone profits, not counting Qualcomm's fundamental cellular technologies. Now, after a decade of historic growth, Apple refuses to recognize the well-established, ongoing value of these technologies. It launched a global attack against Qualcomm and is trying to use its enormous market power to coerce Qualcomm's unreasonable and unreasonable license terms. We intend to vigorously defend our business model and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.
Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm.
Qualcomm also pointed out that Apple “chose not to use the full performance” of its LTE modem on iPhones 7/7 Plus. This is because iDevices are equipped with either Qualcomm chips, or with Intel chips. At the time, some tests revealed that Qualcomm's chip performed better than Intel's, even though Apple said there was no “discernible difference”. Qualcomm, of course, was not at all happy with this, but according to what they claim, Apple allegedly threatened the company so that there would be no comparisons of performances on iPhones with Qualcomm chips.
In this new lawsuit, Qualcomm requires Apple to make both compensatory and punitive damages for "disclaiming its promises in various agreements", as well as asking for Apple to be banned from interfering in Qualcomm agreements with companies that make iPhones and iPads. In addition, the company seeks to be released from any obligation to make further Apple payments.
Responding to these allegations, Apple accused Qualcomm of using its position as a supplier of one of the most important components of the iPhone to increase patent licensing fees.
The big dog fight and can harm both and equally both companies. We will continue to follow the case.