Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants take Apple’s side in its months-long legal dispute with Qualcomm

Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants take Apple’s side in its months-long legal dispute with Qualcomm
Apple and Qualcomm have been stuck in a legal deadlock since the start of the year, without any indications of a looming resolution, whatsoever. A few days ago, Qualcomm’s CEO made a comment that he would expect an out-of-court settlement, which kind of made us think that the two sides might soon talk out an agreement, but we haven’t seen anything further to those comments. If anything, Reuters has reported today that representatives of other tech companies are jumping in on the ‘fun’ by siding with Apple in its dispute with the chipmaker.

A lobbying group, called the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, has filed some comments with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against Qualcomm’s request to the ITC to ban import of iPhones in the US.

Earlier this month, Qualcomm sought to bar Apple from importing, marketing and showcasing its phones in the country, claiming Cupertino infringed six Qualcomm tech patents.

However, the companies in the Computer & Communications Industry Association have expressed outright disapproval of Qualcomm’s move, seeking to address the repercussions such a ban would have on the whole industry.


The group also commented that such a ban on iPhones would cause “significant shocks to supply” and would ultimately have a largely negative result for consumers.

Qualcomm’s request to the ITC was the tip of an iceberg of countless in- and out-of-court accusations with Apple. The court proceedings started at the beginning of this year, when the FTC challenged Qualcomm's decision to charge Cupertino higher royalties for some of its patented tech, alleging that big-Q effectively sought to monopolize the market. The issue is that Qualcomm charges a fee as a percentage of the total price of a device, which, Apple suggests, unjustly enriches the chipmaker for parts and tech it does not own. Consequently, Apple withheld $1 billon in due payments to Qualcomm, instructing its partner distributors, such as Foxconn, to do the same.

The chipmaker first sought a preliminary injunction and declaratory relief against Apple, but to no end, and then went in horns-first, seeking to ban iPhones in the US and halt Apple’s profits from the contested patents.

We really don’t know how and when the saga will end. The issue is no longer contained between Apple and Qualcomm, as more stakeholders jump on the wagon, meaning this could drag for months to come.

source: Reuters

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12 Comments

1. franscis_underwood

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

iPhoneArena failed to mention that Samsung is also backing Apple in its legal dispute with Qualcomm

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Does it really need to be mentioned, though? The fact that Qualcomm is using a deal clause (for their essential patents) to prevent Samsung from supplying it's Exynos SoC to other OEMs, is enough to piss Samsung off.

5. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The chip industry doesn't earn profits anywhere near Smartphone sales, so why would Samsung like to support Apple and make them earn even bigger profits.

4. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

What??? SAMSUNG? LOLS!

6. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Seriously that love/hate relationship between Apple and Samsung is starting to get on my nerves

9. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I think both Apple and Samsung acting Lol.

10. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

That's the difference between politics and business . No matter how right you are, you will never get support in politics.

11. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

If you look at the members of the CCIA, there are so many members PA didn't mention http://www.ccianet.org/about/members/

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 713; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Hm.... Suprise BlackBerry didn't join them.

7. toukale

Posts: 599; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Look anyone with a brian that actually read and research this case would come down to the Apple side. The only folks who I noticed arguing against Apple are only doing so because it's Apple and they hate anything Apple (haters), not the merit of the case itself. Qualcomm will settle this case in Apple's favor because they can't risk the court deciding against them. Because if the court do decides against Qualcomm, then it's open season on their licensing business model. Everyone will line up to lower their costs, which will hurt their earning a ton.

12. domfonusr

Posts: 1024; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

If all of these guys agree that Qualcomm is the bigger bully, and will unite with Apple to throw them down (even when Qualcomm didn't make the top ten most profitable company list, and Apple was #1), what does that turn Apple into at the end of this? Deposed strongmen beget the new replacement strongman...

13. deewinc

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Even if Apple wins this case, the iPhone's price will keep on rising. Qualcomm is simply trying to fight for what is due to them. How does a phone that costs $250 to make cost over $700 on the retail market in the US and $900+ abroad.

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