Apple contractors Foxconn, Wistron, Compal Electronics, and Pegatron join legal counter...

By Jos
Jul 19, 2017
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 987px; height: 427px;" /></p> <p>Apple contractors Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics have filed an antitrust <a href="">lawsuit against Qualcomm</a> alleging that the company has violated two sections of the U.S. based Sherman Act. This is the latest and an ongoing battle between over wireless patent royalties.</p> <p>Qualcomm is the market leader in smartphone modems and a primary supplier to Apple, yet Apple doesn&rsquo;t have a direct patent deal with Qualcomm. Instead, Qualcomm requires Apple&rsquo;s contractors to sign patent license agreements before purchasing chips, which the US Federal Trade Commission called in its own complaint a &ldquo;<a href="">no license, no chips</a>&rdquo; model.</p> <p>Besides paying for the wireless chips themselves, Apple covers the licensing fees to the four manufacturers who then pay Qualcomm, this allows Qualcomm to take a percentage of the overall iPhone selling price in exchange for supplying the modem chips.</p> <p>Apple stopped making royalty payments to its contractors after it sued Qualcomm in January for $1 billion. The dispute has been ongoing ever since, with Qualcomm filing a handful of countersuits of their own, accusing Apple of intentionally <a href="">hindering chipsets</a> on some iPhones, infringing on patents, and attempting to get an import ban of iPhones into the US with the FTC.</p> <p>Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen recently, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said the company&#39;s fight with Apple about patents was mostly a &quot;fight about what to pay for the IP&quot; that he described as the core of the industry. He expects that the Apple dispute will be <a href="">resolved out of court</a> as has been the case with similar legal battles in the 2000s.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href=''></a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 428   +180

    Apple being a b*tch. Myself moving along, no news here...

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