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Qualcomm Files Countersuit Against Apple Seeking Damages

Earlier this year, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. According to Apple, Qualcomm has been charging royalties for technologies they don’t have any relation with. Today, Qualcomm has backfired by stating that Qualcomm modem chips in iPhone 7 have limited performance.

According to Qualcomm, Apple is restricting users to enjoy the technologies and innovations to the full extent developed by its team. To further back its point, Qualcomm indicated that Qualcomm-based iPhones outperformed the Intel-based iPhones, Apple’s claims of no difference between the two chipsets are false. Further, according to the chipset manufacturer, Apple has prevented the results from coming out in front of the users.

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Qualcomm in the lawsuit said, “Apple’s motive is to leverage the immense power of the brand to force Qualcomm into accepting less than fair value for the patented technologies that have led innovation in cellular technology and helped Apple generate more than $760 billion in iPhone sales.”

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Qualcomm also said that it seeks damages from Apple for molding the promises in various agreements and to restrict Apple in intervening in other agreements of the company with various manufacturers who build iPhones and iPads for Apple.

Below are the highlights of the filing against Apple

  • Breached agreements and mischaracterized agreements and negotiations with Qualcomm
  • Interfered with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm licenses that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple
  • Promoted regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business by molding the facts and figures along with making false statements
  • Opting other brands over Qualcomm’s highly effective chipsets and not revealing the true results to the customers
  • Threatened Qualcomm for not revealing the true results of the processors by making any comparison if Qualcomm-powered iPhones.

Let’s see how the company responds to the allegations put up by Qualcomm.