Apple is vigorously going after chipmaker Qualcomm in the US and, now, in China.
Infinite Loop filed two new cases with the Intellectual Property Court in Beijing yesterday: one alleges that Qualcomm used its dominance in the mobile semiconductor sector to squeeze Apple away from the competition; another claims that Qualcomm has not made “standard essential patents” available for license at fair market rates. Both talking points have been parroted from the Federal Trade Commission in its own suit.
Don Rosenburg, general counsel and executive vice president of Qualcomm, had this to say:
These filings by Apple’s Chinese subsidiary are just part of Apple’s efforts to find ways to pay less for Qualcomm’s technology. Apple was offered terms consistent with terms accepted by more than one hundred other Chinese companies and refused to even consider them. These terms were consistent with our NDRC Rectification plan.
Indeed, Qualcomm paid the National Development and Reform Commission about $975 million in fines over unfair patent licensing terms and has had to renegotiate them with domestic manufacturers. Meizu held out on agreeing to a new contract with the San Diego-based company for several months.
Apple also has a $1 billion case going into federal district court that concerns Qualcomm withholding royalties to Cupertino. Qualcomm is fighting a $854 million penalty from the Korean Fair Trade Commission over antitrust allegations.
Qualcomm provides wireless chips to Apple for its iPhones and select iPads.