Bloomberg reported this morning that Apple returned fire, saying in a legal filing that evidence increasingly indicated Qualcomm's business model is "illegal". Worse, Apple claims that 12 of Qualcomm's patents are invalid because of conflicts with other patents.
Qualcomm's innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices.
In addition, Apple beefed up the penalties it is seeking from Qualcomm by asking for "restitution of all excessive (patent) license fees that Apple paid", which could be a large amount if Apple wins and is awarded that remedy.
While Apple and its contractors signed agreements to pay licensing fees this way, the company said it had no choice but to do so because Qualcomm chips were essential to Apple's products. In May, the high court found that patent law can not stop the resale of Lexmark printer cartridges refilled with toner by third-party suppliers, curbing the power of patent owners over sold products. Moreover, Apple also stated in the filing that this legal spat is between Apple and Qualcomm so the honorable court should dismiss the case which Qualcomm has built against Apple's iPhone assemblers.More news: Uber adds option to tip drivers as it heads in new direction
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Qualcomm has said before that it's Apple that's been dealing unfairly.
In response to Apple's claims, Qualcomm's executive vice president, Don Rosenberg says, "Apple is trying to distract from the fact that it has made misleading statements about the comparative performance of its products, and threatened Qualcomm not to disclose the truth". Regulators in other countries also have been investigating, and South Korea's antitrust regulators have issued an $865 million fine against Qualcomm.
On Tuesday, Apple aimed straight for the jugular by going after Qualcomm's royalty-based business plan.
In response, Qualcomm reiterated its "innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices", including connectivity, high-speed data transmission and Global Positioning System navigation. "Today it amounts to a scheme of extortion that allows Qualcomm unfairly to maintain and entrench its existing monopoly".
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