Apple sues Qualcomm in Beijing, seeks $145m

Apple Inc has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc in Beijing alleging Qualcomm abused its position in the chip industry and seeking $145.32 million in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The report said Apple filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm accusing it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively.

In a statement, Qualcomm said: “We have not seen these complaints but according to the Beijing court’s press release, one of the complaints alleges a violation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, and the other requests a determination of the terms of a patent license between Qualcomm and Apple for Qualcomm’s cellular standard essentials patents.”

Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg said: “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…

“Qualcomm is prepared to defend its business model anywhere in the world.  We are proud of our history of contributing our inventions to the development and success of the mobile communications ecosystem.”