Apple files lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing


Apple has filed a new lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing, seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Reuters reports. The suit claims that Qualcomm has abused its clout in the chip industry, while a second lawsuit also filed by Apple accused Qualcomm failing to deliver on promises it made to inexpensively license “standard essential patents.” This latest lawsuit follows other recent legal struggles for Qualcomm in the U.S., including a filing made by Apple in California last Friday which accused Qualcomm of monopolizing the wireless chip market and withholding $1 billion in patent rebates owing to Apple, as well as a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last week in which it accused the chip maker of “using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones.”
Qualcomm responded to the Chinese lawsuit filings in an emailed statement, stating that it has not yet seen the full complaints, but that it has continued to offer Apple the same terms as other customers following a 2015 regulatory ruling in China. The company also accused Apple of simply trying to “find ways to pay less for Qualcomm’s technology,” but that Apple has “refused to even consider” Qualcomm’s licensing terms, which a company spokesperson claims are “consistent with terms accepted by more than one hundred other Chinese companies.” Qualcomm was previously ordered to pay a $975 million fine in China in Feb. 2015 following a 14-month probe.

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