Battle of Giants: Qualcomm countersues Apple

Qualcomm vs. Apple

Earlier this year Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm saying that Qualcomm has been unnecessarily overcharging the company for usage of basic patents. After almost three months Qualcomm files an answer and counterclaims to Apple’s lawsuit.

Qualcomm claims that Apple willingly abandoned some high-performance features of their chipsets for the iPhone 7. Making the phone not performing well according to Qualcomm’s standards. When the processor manufacturing company questioned Apple, they falsely claimed that there was ‘no discernible difference’ between the two variants (Qualcomm and Intel).

The filing also outlines how 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.

Stay tuned for the updates.

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