Qualcomm responds to Apple's suit with some counterclaims of its own

Qualcomm responds to Apple's suit with some counterclaims of its own
Back in January, Apple filed three lawsuits against Qualcomm. One sought unpaid royalties that Apple claimed is owed to it by the chipmaker. Another one demanded $145 million in damages and accused Qualcomm of  "abusing its clout" in the market. And the third suit stated that Qualcomm failed to deliver on a promise to license its standards essential patents at a reasonable price.

On Monday, Qualcomm filed answers to Apple's questions, and at the same time it added counterclaims to Apple's lawsuit. According to Qualcomm, Apple:

  • Breached agreements and mischaracterized agreements and negotiations with Qualcomm;
  • Interfered with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm licensees that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple;
  • Encouraged regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world by misrepresenting facts and making false statements;
  • Chose not to utilize the full performance of Qualcomm’s modem chips in its iPhone 7, misrepresented the performance disparity between iPhones using Qualcomm modems and those using competitor-supplied modems; and
  • Threatened Qualcomm in an attempt to prevent it from making any public comparisons about the superior performance of the Qualcomm-powered iPhones.

As you might recall, the Verizon and Sprint versions of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus employ Qualcomm's X12 modem. The AT&T and T-Mobile variants use the Intel XMM 3360 modem. Because the Qualcomm modem runs at 600Mbps compared to 450Mbps for the Intel modem, Apple has had to throttle the speed of the Qualcomm modem in order to match the speed of the Intel modem. In testing, the Qualcomm powered iPhones are still reportedly running faster than the Intel flavored models. This is news that Qualcomm claims Apple wanted to keep quiet.


According to Qualcomm's release, it is seeking damages from Apple for reneging on promises it made to the chipmaker. It also wants Apple to stop interfering with agreements that Qualcomm has with the companies that assemble the iPhone and iPad for the tech titan.



source: Qualcomm

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44 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple did choose to cripple Qualcomms modems to cat 9 LTE instead of cat 11 LTE, but only for the iPhone 7's. But I believe that is to make them the same as Intel's modems. Because Intel's are slower and didn't support cat 11 LTE like Qualcomms. In any case that particular lawsuit should be thrown out of court. As far as the other lawsuits against Apple. They do look like they have a case against Apple.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm going out on a limb here, but I gotta ask: Do you ever actually know/read about what you speak? Aside from VR Porn... to which your expertise lie, I've never seen a single instance of your point aligning with the article in question. Why am I asking you this? You're just gonna answer the usual way: "Kiko007 you are an Appleboy. You know nothing about QHD VR topical GPU performance. Therefore, you know nothing about society , and are a menace! Kiko007 (because you ALWAYS repeat my name within the same post as though you've switched Kikos... freaking me out in the process) VR is the future!" Something along those lines... no point in seeking further confirmation on your inherent ridiculousness.

4. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

He is much more knowledgeable and sensible than you are bro. I wouldn't call him out Not sure how you can possibly say that his comments are not related to the article when he references the article directly. Here's a suggestion for you. Maybe go back to school or go see a doctor.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"He is much more knowledgeable and sensible than you are bro. I wouldn't call him out" Look up the term "knowledgeable" again. It doesn't mean what you think it means. "Not sure how you can possibly say that his comments are not related to the article when he references the article directly." Reading comprehension is important, child. I never said his post wasn't on topic, I'm saying his reasoning and explanation are always flawed regarding anything NOT VR involved. "Here's a suggestion for you. Maybe go back to school or go see a doctor." I got a better suggestion for you: See a chiropractor, immediately. After bending over backwards to troll so often, your spine must be exhausted.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Such a child.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

...Who are you again?

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

"It doesn't mean what you think it means." Remember you told me that once, and I followed up and blasted your ass proving you 100% wrong. It doesn't mean what YOU think. Because you never think. You actually takes Apple "Think Different" to far. You are so much like Trump with you alls "alternative facts".

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Both you and sgodsell surely make sense. I think the soul of Steve Jobs has somehow managed to get into this guy. For him, what apple does is next to/above the work of god.

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

This is why you are always being labeled as a Apple sheep kiko, you put too much effort in defending Apple. Not that your points are invalid though, at least you make 87947237493x much more sense than that other guy who gives much more effort in defending Samsung or bashing Apple with long essays.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet no fool here has been able to provide any arguments when I raise them. Simply because they can't. Like you, all they do is talk sh(y)it. You can talk all the crap you want, but we can debate facts anytime you like!

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Techie as much as i agree about kiko007 apple troll you been countered several time in arguments.

37. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

To be fair, Techie, attempting to make your posts coherent and spell-checked isn't really extra work.

38. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Yet no fool here has been able to provide any arguments when I raise them. Simply because they can't." They can't? More like they won't. It's hard arguing with an idiot who can't even use auto-correct.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sounds like you are whining because as per usual, real tech fans are smarter than the pretend tech fans of Apple. lol

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

kiko007 Funny sgodsell is much more on topic than you mr troll go back to your cave.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

sgodsell Apple should not use inferior hardware if better one available. not in such an overpriced device.

3. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

90% of smartphone profits while never pushing the envelop in research & development and the isheep like kiko seriously don't see something wrong with this picture? This industry is so broken thanks to the isheep that it's not even funny.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You do realize that the profit=income-expenses(-taxes) and R&D is an expense?

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Leo we all know apple dont like paying its taxes and R&D its prefere to buy already ready tech and then act as if they invented it.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

They might not like it, but they pay them. R&D was 10.5 bln $, which is a lot.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

These are the huge problems: Interfered with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm licensees that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple; Encouraged regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world by misrepresenting facts and making false statements; This is why apple should be sued to oblivion. They are attacking competitors in ways that shouldnt be done. Compete with your products you pathetic piece of crap....

11. hamaidx

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

! Apple as a company has piece of s**t ethics... shameless cockhe@@ds!!!

12. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1196; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

This is just Apple weaseling its way out of a very expensive contract which they agreed to at the time, but now feel cuts into their profits too much. Qualcomm won't play ball on offering Apple pricecuts for a new contract, so instead they take the dirty way and try to sabotage and undermine Qualcomm's business by encouraging investigations into alleged misuse of their position, even if they have to lie about it. Microsoft did the same with Google's Android, lobbying for investigations against the thing that was costing them so much money. It's a deceptive tactic solely aimed at one thing, maximizing profits.

36. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I really hope this goes well for Qualcomm, and it's refreshing to see someone stand up to Apple.

13. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Funny! The biggest abuser of all accusing others for abusing their products on the market? Deja vu?

14. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

"Waaaaahhhh!!! Qualcomm won't let us keep all the profits!!! Waaaaahhh!!!!"

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Good job by Qualcomm. Apple should get sued till kingdom come.

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Apple is currently holding a meeting trying to figure out how to counter sue Qualcomms countersuits

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6638; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How many of you has Qualcomm stocks? None, so why do you care that Apple is suing them or is being sued by them?

19. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because fanbou logic dictates they side with QC, even though the case presented against QC is far more substantiated in any court. They have been sued SEVERAL times for the very charge Apple accused them of, in different nations across the globe. Not to mention been found guilty multiple times because of it. What is QC's response: "Apple throttled our component to be inline with another suppliers' offering." :-\ Not only is that almost assuredly a prerequisite within the contract between the two organizations', it can also be completely negated by Apple claiming consumer equality reasons. Guess logic doesn't matter when fanyboying...

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