Qualcomm, the leading chip-maker company; after a day Apple sued it for its licensing practices, responded yesterday that all the claims of Apple are baseless and beyond reality. Due to such approach of Apple, regulatory attacks around the world will be encouraged as companies will start doing these
Apple is “Encouraging Regulatory Attacks around the World”: Qualcomm
On its official website its reply to Apple appeared, as its executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said that:
“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.”
Qualcomm Hits Back at the $1B Lawsuit by Apple
This move from Qualcomm appeared shortly after US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a case against it on the basis of “using anti-competitive tactics” to safeguard its position in market.
Apple’s stance that appeared on most tech websites said that:
“For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations”.
The iPhone manufacturer believes that Qualcomm levies fees based on selling prices of devices using its technology no matter how much of the value is based on its intellectual property – which is obviously more of an issue for a premium device maker.
Qualcomm on the other side says that “intentionally mischaracterised 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 programme”.
Let’s see what we hear next about this case as now court has to hear both sides as Apple filed its case against Qualcomm Incorporation in the US District Court, Southern District of California.