APPLE AND QUALCOMM FIGHT GETS SERIOUS
Lawsuits start to pile up
THE SPAT between Apple and Qualcomm just gets worse and worse. Both parties have reached for the legal sticks to beat each other. Apple claims that Qualcomm was using illegal business models in demanding royalty payments and a percentage of iPhone revenue in return for use of its patented technology. It’s suing for $1 billion in the US. It claims that some patents are invalid, and that Qualcomm has failed to charge fair and reasonable rates.
Qualcomm alleges that Apple has infringed its patents, and is seeking a ban on certain iPhone models being imported in the country. It claims that Apple has deliberately checked the performance of its chips so as not to outshine Intel’s chips. None of this is very edifying. Lawyers will earn some hefty fees, while we may lose gigabit LTE speeds. Currently, only Qualcomm’s chips can handle these, ready for the iPhone8—Intel has chips in the pipeline, but they won’t be ready in time.