Qualcomm says Apple has misunderstood the ‘value of the technology we have invented’


Yesterday, Apple filed suit against Qualcomm for its anticompetitive licensing practices. Now, the chipmaker has responded by saying Apple’s claims are “baseless” and encourages “regulatory attacks.”

Here’s Qualcomm’s full statement:

“While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple’s claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome the opportunity to have these meritless claims heard in court where we will be entitled to full discovery of Apple’s practices and a robust examination of the merits,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Up until 2016 with the iPhone 7, Qualcomm was the sole supplier for the LTE chips found in the iPhone. With the latest iPhone, in addition to Qualcomm, Intel began manufacturing LTE chips for the iPhone. Apple says that Qualcomm forced the company to use its chip and pay back a percentage of the phone’s selling price in return to access its patents.

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  • Irfan

    I never thought that apple will go that cheap ..

    • a d00d

      Yeah, a cool G…for GigaDollar is remarkably cheap for the Evil Empire of Cupertino!

      OTOH, after reading both articles, Apple may actually have a point as Qualcomm is well known for attacking anyone and everyone like a patent troll, but in their case they own something like a third to half the patents to most everything electronic you use every day! (And they did develop them.) The most telling example of how extreme it is is that Qualcomm and others’ patents are why the Chinese developed TD-LTE.

      At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the pot calling the kettle black.