Apple has filed a lawsuit against chip supplier for the iPhone — the company Qualcomm. In Cupertino argue that the latter abused its dominant position on the market as a manufacturer of baseband chips — one of the most important devices in smartphones.
For years Apple has received modems Qualcomm, arming their next iPhone and iPad models. In the iPhone 7, the company started to use modems Intel. Perhaps it is the emergence of a second supplier allowed Apple to publicly speak out against Qualcomm. Apple supplier accused of in a non-competitive behavior in the market, refusal of payment of the refund amount for the transaction and forced to buy products only from her.
The lawsuit was filed in Federal court for the southern district of California. The complaint also alleges that Qualcomm tried to prevent Apple to find other suppliers of chips and demanded too high a fee for the granting of licenses to use their patents.
In addition, the complaint accuses Qualcomm sold Apple products at preferential terms, but was subsequently deprived of discounts. The decision to cancel the preference was taken after the Corporation began to cooperate with the South Korean regulatory bodies, conducting investigation against Qualcomm’s licensing practices. Apple demanded Qualcomm to pay $1 billion, which it lost due to the cancellation of benefits.
For Qualcomm began a black stripe. January 17, the Federal trade Commission sued the company, accusing it of illegal actions to maintain a monopoly on this type of chip. Two years ago, China was able to take with her a fine of $975 million On this background against Qualcomm began the investigation in Taiwan and Europe that have not yet ended.
The situation may change that the new administration of the White house promises to take a position on the protection of the rights of American companies around the world, that if we talk about Qualcomm, and plans to infringe on the rights of those compatriots who prefer to leave currency in offshore accounts that already applies to Apple. What happens, we’ll see.