Apple Files Yet Another Lawsuit Against Qualcomm
Apple is taking Qualcomm to court in the U.K. over patent-licensing fees. Apple filed a similar lawsuit against Qualcomm in the U.S. Apple alleges that Qualcomm using unfair practices to license its chips and technology. At the heart of the matter is how Qualcomm works its contracts. It charges companies to use its chips, including mobile processors and cellular radios, but also charges a separate technology licensing fee that's based on the total retail price of the device in which the chips are used. Apple says Qualcomm "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." The FTC in the U.S. and the associated governmental bodies in the European Union and in Korea have filed similar complaints against Qualcomm. The FTC's complaint revealed that Qualcomm effectively forced Apple to use only Qualcomm chips for several versions of the iPhone. Qualcomm hasn't responded to Apple's latest legal action.
FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Anticompetitive Behavior
Jan 17, 2017
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against Qualcomm, alleging the chip-maker uses its market position to monopolize the sale of cell phone baseband processors.
Intel, Samsung Pile On Qualcomm By Supporting FTC Lawsuit
May 15, 2017
Intel and Samsung support the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm and have filed amicus briefs to air their own complaints. The FTC hit Qualcomm with legal action in January and suggested that the company's patent licensing practices may violate monopoly regulations.
Google and Microsoft Make Nice, Drop Regulatory Complaints
Apr 22, 2016
Microsoft and Alphabet, parent company of Google, have agreed to cease all ongoing regulatory fights between them. Microsoft has complained to US and European Union antitrust regulators often and loudly with respect to Google's search practices and other behaviors.
Korea Blasts Qualcomm with $865M Fine
Dec 29, 2016
Qualcomm this week refuted accusations made by the Korea Fair Trade Commission that it has violated Korean antitrust laws. The KFTC says Qualcomm has abused its dominant position in the market with unfair and unnecessarily broad licensing practices for wireless technology and modems.
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