Qualcomm Files A Countersuit Against Apple

Qualcomm has countersued Apple, claiming the tech giant deliberately failed to use Qualcomm's iPhone 7 modem chips to their full potential so they would not perform any better than ones made by Intel. Under Qualcomm's licensing structure, Apple, through its manufacturers, pays Qualcomm a fee for its chips and another fee for the intellectual property utilized in the chips and mobile phones. Not just Apple regulators in South Korea, where Samsung Electronics is based, have stamped an nearly $1 billion fine against Qualcomm in a similar case.

CHIPMAKER Qualcomm has thrown some sass in the direction of Apple and has hit back at the firm with a counter lawsuit.

However, one of the bigger claims is that Apple chose not to use the full performance of Qualcomm chips in the iPhone 7, "misrepresenting" the performance between these iPhones and iPhones equipped with competitor-supplied modems.

"Apple can sue Samsung, for example, and claim all kinds of value on a few patents that they sue them on, but somehow claim that our tens of thousands of core technology patents are not worth what the market has said they're worth", said Rosenberg.

"It has launched a global attack on Qualcomm and is attempting to use its enormous market power to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm", said QCOM's general counsel Don Rosenberg. Qualcomm believes their chips outperformed the Intel ones and that "Apple's actions were meant to prevent consumers from realizing that iPhones containing Qualcomm chipsets performed far better than iPhones containing chipsets supplied by Intel".

The Apple versus Qualcomm legal battle has entered the next phase with the chip maker filing a counterclaim in which it accused the iPhone maker of having breached contract norms.

In today's Qualcomm countersuit seeks for damages from Apple to not reaching the several agreements and to stop Apple interfering the deals with the iPhone and iPad parts manufacturing where Apple rejected Qualcomm's FRAND licensing offer.

Qualcomm denied each and every allegation Apple made in its January lawsuit and said that Apple withheld monies owed to Qualcomm.

Apple has not commented on Qualcomm's recent claims yet.

At the heart of the Apple vs Qualcomm dispute could be the bigger question of whether the latter is following a monopolistic attitude in its business practices. Then, when the story broke that Apple falsely claimed there was "no discernible difference", Apple "acted to prevent Qualcomm from revealing to consumers the extent to which iPhones with Qualcomm's chipsets outperformed iPhones with Intel's chipsets", the complaint reads. Two years ago in China, Qualcomm ended a 14-month-long antitrust investigation by paying U.S. $1 billion.

  • Zachary Reyes