Qualcomm hits back against Apple lawsuit

Qualcomm said it filed its answer and counterclaims to the January lawsuit brought by Apple against it — claiming that Apple “encouraged regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world by misrepresenting facts and making false statements.”

Qualcomm said its filing alleged that Apple “breached agreements and mischaracterized agreements and negotiations with Qualcomm” and “interfered with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm licensees that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple.”

Qualcomm also alleged Apple “chose not to utilize the full performance of Qualcomm’s modem chips in its iPhone 7, misrepresented the performance disparity between iPhones using Qualcomm modems and those using competitor-supplied modems.”

Further, Qualcomm claimed Apple “threatened Qualcomm in an attempt to prevent it from making any public comparisons about the superior performance of the Qualcomm-powered iPhones.”

In response, Apple said it reiterated its comments made in January that Qualcomm had overcharged royalties and gained from Apple’s technologies not related to Qualcomm’s patents, Reuters reported.

“Over the last ten years, Apple has played a significant role in bringing the benefits of mobile technology to consumers with its popular products and services,” said Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm.

“But Apple could not have built the incredible iPhone franchise that has made it the most profitable company in the world, capturing over 90 percent of smartphone profits, without relying upon Qualcomm’s fundamental cellular technologies.

“Now, after a decade of historic growth, Apple refuses to acknowledge the well established and continuing value of those technologies.

“It has launched a global attack on Qualcomm and is attempting to use its enormous market power to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm.

“We intend to vigorously defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.”

Qualcomm said its filing “details the value of the technologies Qualcomm has invented, contributed and shared with the industry through its licensing program, as well as Apple’s failure to engage in good faith negotiations for a license to Qualcomm’s 3G and 4G standard essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.”

Qualcomm said it is seeking, among other things, damages from Apple for reneging on its promises in several agreements and to enjoin Apple from further interference with Qualcomm’s agreements with the companies that manufacture iPhones and iPads for Apple.