Apple files two more lawsuits against Qualcomm

Apple files two more lawsuits against Qualcomm
Don't invite Tim Cook and Steven Mollenkopf to the same party. The CEOs of Apple and Qualcomm respectively, both have their legal teams hard at work. Apple filed a law suit against Qualcomm last week for royalties it claims that the chipmaker owes it. And today, Apple filed a couple of more suits against Qualcomm in China. One seeks the equivalent of $145 million in damages and claims that Qualcomm "abused its clout" in the marketplace. The other suit says that Qualcomm didn't follow through on promises to license its standard essential patents at a cheap price. These are patents for parts or processes that are necessary for a certain product to be manufactured. As a result, they are usually licensed at a much cheaper rate than other patents.

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.

source: Reuters

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13 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This s**t is so petty. The messed up thing is, does it even matter who wins in the end? Does the court system actually deal any justice to either party? Nope.....just "he said she said" garbage festering over chump change. It's disgusting.

11. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Apple want everything free of cost. So now they are looking to get all the money back which it paid for 5 years. Dealing with apple is risky. Whoes next? May be foxcon? They will have to pay back huge because they are manufacturing iphone from last 10 years. I wonder why there is no law suit against apple for charging more to the customers for cheap components and mostly midrange hardware in flagship price. Except Cpu which component in iphone is top of the line?

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This could end bad for Apple. Qualcomm is the leader in cell phone modems....I'm sure they will settle and qualcomm will sell them even more modems to apple.

5. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Probably. Qualcomm has already said that they hope to continue business with Apple despite the suits.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 6391; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why should it end bad for either one of them, if they settle and QC sells more chips to Apple?

3. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

Tim Cook is a money hungry a*hole

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And he has the cheek to blame Job for those Samsung lawsuits. What happen to his less lawsuit more innovation mantra?

4. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Go, go Apple. Yes you can. Apple FTW!!!!

12. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Apple is already f***king its customers in the whole world by selling cheap phone in high price. Now you silly apple customer, get up from your as* and bring a law suit against apple for charging high price and royalties from you.

6. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Always about suing and more money, the Apple way!

9. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Typical apple......

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple going to make every oem hate them and no one is going to sell them squat. Someone just blow up Apple already

13. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No one is going to stop selling to Apple. And don't say stupid things like blow up Apple.

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