Apple and other companies sought to misdirect the ITC, Qualcomm said

Apple and other companies sought to misdirect the ITC, Qualcomm said
The legal tear between Apple and Qualcomm is still swinging in full, as Qualcomm files official reply documents, in an attempt to defend itself against Apple and other companies’ allegations that the chipmaker seeks to manipulate competition. Last week, a handful of companies that are part of the Computer & Communications Industry Association expressed their support for Cupertino, submitting concerns about Qualcomm’s prior request to the ITC to ban iPhone imports into the US. Companies, in the likes of Facebook, Samsung, Google and Intel jumped in on the legal saga, leading us to believe that we still might be a long way before we see a resolution.

Apple and Qualcomm locked horns in the court earlier this year, after Apple stopped paying the chipmaker licensing fees, and subsequently withheld more than $1 billion in due payments. The issue stemmed from the fact that Qualcomm allegedly charged higher fees on some of its patented tech, which Apple said unjustly enriched the chipmaker for tech it had not contributed to. Qualcomm then filed a motion that sought to ban imports, showcasing and sales of iPhones in the US, which was not welcomed by tech players in the industry, who lashed back at Qualcomm’s alleged attempt to manipulate the chips market.

Qualcomm’s recent submission addresses the comments made last week by the Computer & Communications Industry Association, saying that the companies in the Association engaged in a “coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting” the ITC in its decision. Qualcomm has also said that the iPhone ban would not harm consumer interests, exert manipulative influence on the market or on Intel’s ability to sell chips in the US, contending that Apple is free to choose what LTE modem provider to buy silicon from. In this sense, Qualcomm also commented that the dispute did not concern Intel’s chips, but its own right to prevent infringement by competitors of its patented tech.

Qualcomm submits that the request to ban imports is provoked by patent-infringing devices that make use of "technologies relating to the design, structure, and operation of products with envelope tracking technology, voltage shifter circuitry, flashless boot, power management circuitry, enhanced carrier aggregation, and graphics processing units." The chipmaker has insisted that its move is nothing but an attempt to enforce patent laws and would not have the impact on consumer interest or fair competition that opponents have said it would.

Last week, Qualcomm’s CEO made a comment that he would expect an out-of-court settlement of the legal dispute, which caused a few of us to ponder whether the parties might soon reach an off-the-record agreement. However, Qualcomm’s latest filing seems to be just another straw to an already snowballing drama that now seems to gather only more momentum and pull more parties into the proceedings.

Source: scribd.com via CNET

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6 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When you have the option to buy tech from someone else, and you choose another and you signed a contract, you must fulfill your end. PAY UP!!! I'm with Qualcomm on this one. If Apple is refusing to pay for QC tech in their devices, then they should be banded. If Apple who si a greedy company, trying to claim Qualcomm was greedy, then Apple could have chosen to buy the parts elsewhere. Apple chose Qualcomm. You don;t agree to the terms of your agreement and then try to sue later saying we are paying to much. You agreed to pay to begin with and no court is goign to overturn the agreement, unless it has illegal things inside.

2. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why only apple? Facebook, Samsung, Google and Intel are also suing qualcomm.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No they're not, that is how the Apple pro media is trying to spin this BS to sell the narrative to gullible iFans. The lobbying group known as CCIA are advocating in favor of Apple because two of their clients, Samsung and Intel are direct competitors with QC. The CCIA lobby for certain tech companies and based on who is paying and how much, will take a side on an issue. Just because Google, Amazon, etc. have used this company to lobby before does not mean they "support" Apple in any way. To make things clear, the only ones suing QC are Apple and its weaker partners in China that can be strong armed into this by Apple. The bigger companies like Samsung and Intel aren't directly involved in this and are just adding their two cents for personal gain. Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. couldn't care less.

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple/Facebook/Samsung/Google/Intel vs Qualcomm/TechieXP Should be good.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

How dare Qualcomm seek an import ban. What do they think have, a 90 degree quadrilateral with orbicular ridge?

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Lol,I see what you did there.

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