According to the CEO of Qualcomm, in spite of a fierce patent fight, the companies have enough strong partnerships.
Despite the fact that Qualcomm and Apple are fighting for patents and licensing fees, corporations hope to maintain partnership. About it on October 17 reported Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf when asked about the possibility of maintaining the relationship.
Patent litigation, companies started early in the year, when Apple accused Qualcomm of abusing a leading position in the market. The first complained that the provider demanded too high a fee for a license to use patents and prevent them to cooperate with other chip manufacturers. Qualcomm sold Apple products at preferential terms, but was subsequently deprived of discounts. Apple demanded Qualcomm to pay $1 billion, which it lost due to the cancellation of benefits.
In may, Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit against four of Apple’s suppliers due to non-payment of royalties for the use of patented technologies. The list of respondents included Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal Electronics. Moreover, the representatives of Qualcomm claimed that Apple has forbidden its suppliers to make payments to the address of the manufacturer of the chips until the judgment on the suit filed earlier by the Corporation from Cupertino.
On 29 September, the company producing chips, filed a lawsuit in Beijing court hearing the cases of violation of intellectual property, demanding to ban the sale and production of all models of the iPhone. Qualcomm claims that we are talking about Force Touch technology, and systems power control devices. By words a press-the Secretary of Qualcomm Christine Trimble, these inventions are only “a few examples of many owned by Qualcomm technology that Apple uses to improve its products and increase profits”.
Currently, Qualcomm supplies Apple modems for iPhone together with Intel. Last year Qualcomm X12 used in the CDMA version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, much superior to the Intel XMM 3360, used in the GSM versions of phones. Apple had to abandon the chips Qualcomm to maintain equality between the GSM and CDMA versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
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