Qualcomm's Latest Patent Case Against Apple Thrown Out by German Court

Kelley Robertson
January 18, 2019

Williams' testimony indicates the chipmaker forced Apple to use Intel Corp modems exclusively in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR released in September and October previous year, rather than the decision being a choice by Apple.

The revelation is the latest to emerge from the US Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust probe against Qualcomm, which is accused of engaging in anticompetitive behaviour to maintain its dominance of the modem market.

C/Net's report further noted that Williams further stated that "We have been unable to get them to support us on new design wins past that time [when Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm]". Apple accuses the company of charging high royalty rates and refusing to license patents to other chipmakers, which contributed to a monopoly for Qualcomm. "This has been a challenge". And the company meant to continue that trend past year as well.

Qualcomm CEO was trying to make a defensive argument that though such a huge sum was being committed by it there was no reciprocal commitment from Apple on the volume of products it would buy from Qualcomm, implying it was taking a risk and not damaging any competitor's interests. What is clear is that Apple prefers to have at least two modem suppliers.

Thus, Apple had to use a slower device from Intel.

The fee is at the heart of the government regulator's case against Qualcomm. And the most recent line of 2018 iPhones came exclusively with Intel chips. He did agree that the company signed an agreement with Qualcomm in return for heavy rebates and parted ways with Intel in 2013 to honor the deal. Qualcomm is the world's leading maker of smartphone chips and it holds critical patents for cellular technologies, particularly for CDMA devices.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has chose to wade into a global licensing battle between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., with billions of dollars at stake.

"The strategy was to dual source in 2018 as well", Williams said Monday.

The chip group Qualcomm must in its patent dispute with Apple a setback in Germany, plug it in. The suit goes right to the core of Qualcomm's business practices, especially how it sells its chips to phone manufacturers. At the said time, Qualcomm was the sole supplier of the chips that were used in iPhones to connect to wireless networks.

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