Apple files two more lawsuits against Qualcomm
Qualcomm provides Apple with modem chips for the Apple iPhone. From 2011-2015, Apple used Qualcomm's modem chips for the iPhone on an exclusive basis. In return, Apple was charged a lower royalty rate by Qualcomm. Currently, Apple has Qualcomm and Intel share this business on the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The deal with Apple has led to a suit by the FTC against Qualcomm for anti-competitive actions.
Qualcomm says that it has not yet seen the complaints filed today in Chinese court. As for the suit involving the standard-essential patents, Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel Dan Rosenberg said that Apple was offered the same terms agreed to by 100 other companies in China, but refused to accept them.
The chip maker has taken some hits to the wallet recently. Last month, the South Korea anti-trust regulator socked Qualcomm with a fine amounting to $854 million for unfair practices in patent licensing. Qualcomm says it will appeal that ruling.