Apple files a billion-dollar lawsuit against chipmaker Qualcomm
Following the charges faced by the Snapdragon-maker Qualcomm from U.S Federal Trade Commission, Apple is now jumping into the lawsuit train for the San Diego-based mobile chipmaker that costs about $1 billion.
Apple was specifically mentioned in the recent FTC filing, which accused Qualcomm of having an anti-competitive “no license, no chips” policy, which enabled them to get licensing fees on patents and have forced phone makers to pay more for using competitors’ processors.
An FTC statement from earilier of the week says:
Qualcomm precluded Apple from sourcing baseband processors from Qualcomm’s competitors from 2011 to 2016. Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors.
Apple’s own $1 billion suit accuses Qualcomm of charging for patents “they have nothing to do with,” citing TouchID, displays and cameras as categories where the component maker has allegedly hindered innovation by making licensing more costly.
Apple said, in a statement provided to one of our sources:
Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties. Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined.
The suit follows a number of other international legal proceedings for Qualcomm across the world, including large fines in South Korea and China.