Well, in our previous article we have already mentioned how the blame game between Apple and Qualcomm continued. Both the companies are at cold war with each other, and it is evident from their constant files and lawsuits. Now, Apple once again filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm. It is the third time now. Apple says they filed the lawsuit in January.
Right now, the details of the lawsuit are not entirely clear. The court cleared that the case is related to the patents. In the previous lawsuits, Apple already claimed Qualcomm is charging a much higher price for the use of a basic patent in preparing iPhones. Apple also claims it is abusing their position as a market leader.
The complaint of FTC against Qualcomm
The lawsuits of Apple started hitting the market the moment after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it would “sue Qualcomm because they violated anti-competition law”. The FTC also alleged the company used its dominance for demanding higher patent pays from all smartphone makers. Apple had to make an exclusive deal with it so that they can avoid any troubles.
On the other hand, Qualcomm spokesperson didn’t comment on this lawsuit. They said they didn’t see the complaints and thus they don’t want to respond right now. But Apple has something different to say, [quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]For many years they have unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. Unfortunately after years of disagreement over what constitute a fair and reasonable royalty we have no choice left but to turn to the courts[/quotes] It is exactly what Apple said in their statement. The statement also claimed, it charges Apple five times more than all other patent licensors combined.
It is the third time Apple had to opt for the lawsuit. Things are turning out to be interesting now. Since Qualcomm said they didn’t see the complaints, right now we cannot say how Qualcomm will react. But surely, if this continues, a lot of mobile makers will turn over from Qualcomm and it might lose its market dominance. Let’s see how things turn out.