Qualcomm Responds to Apple’s $1 Billion Lawsuit – Calls it ‘Baseless’

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Jan 21, 2017
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Qualcomm has responded to Apple’s $1 billion lawsuit and has dubbed it absolutely ‘baseless,’ also accusing Cupertino of ‘regulatory attacks’ in the United States and South Korea.

Qualcomm is Clearly Not Happy With Apple’s Move – Issues a Statement, and Will Fight Back

The full statement from the giant chipmaker is as follows:

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“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,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Given how such lawsuits tend to unfold, it’s highly likely that the ultimate decision for this will roll out in several years, if not months. Also, there is a possibility that Apple and Qualcomm might actually end up reaching an out of court settlement as well when it comes to royalties. But given Apple’s track record when it comes to legal proceedings, it’s highly unlikely that will happen any time soon.

Up until recently, Apple had been using modems from Qualcomm in the iPhone. But with the release of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it first came to light that the Cupertino giant has switched over to Intel in several devices, signaling a point of disagreement between the two companies.

The outcome of this lawsuit will eventually come out in phases, and we will be covering each and every single bit of detail as it unfolds. Till then, make sure you drop a comment in the section below outlining your thoughts on the matter.

Let’s just hope the consumer does not suffer in the end.

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