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Qualcomm loses two battles in the lawsuit against Apple

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Published on Sep 22, 2017

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In the legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, the latter has recently received two bad news related to the royalty that must be paid by the suppliers to Apple, and to the ability of the company to Cupertino to continue with the causes antritrust in the rest of the world.

Apple's suppliers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal are not obliged to pay royalties to Qualcomm since when the cause is finished. Qualcomm hoped to receive at least the payments of these providers, after the block relative to the royalty he was to receive from Apple, but the courts have ruled that everything is suspended pending a final decision. Remember that was the same Apple to convince its suppliers to stop the payments of the royalties to Qualcomm.

On the other hand, the judges themselves have confirmed the authorisation to the Apple needed to be able to continue the lawsuits against Qualcomm, not only in the United States, but also in other parts of the world where have been registered the related patents.

Remember that it all started with a complaint from Apple, in which it asserted that Qualcomm had requested payments for royalties for patents not held any right, coming to ask for up to $ 1 billion to ensure the supply of the processors in the baseband of the iPhone. In total, Qualcomm would have “extorted” to Apple 1 billion dollars, now the company requires in the lawsuit filed in the past few months. Apple accuses Qualcomm has unlawfully increased the prices compared to the competition, playing on the not true, says Apple royalties. In practice, lawyers of Apple, Qualcomm has used its “monopoly power” to not respect the commitments FRAND (those that oblige to grant some patents that are considered industry standards in a manner that is fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) , then pay royalties much higher. The against the lawsuit filed by Qualcomm denies these accusations and speaks of the simple will of the company to Cupertino to have lower licensing costs.

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