The battle of the lawsuits fires up as Qualcomm, the target of multiple charges and lawsuits from the U.S FTC and Apple, speak up against accusations of noncompetitive practices and charging of patents where they have nothing to do about, on which Apple have said, hinders innovation.
However, Qualcomm released a statement through one of our sources. It is too long for a statement and because I’m lazy, I’ll just copy and paste it here:
While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple’s claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome the opportunity to have these meritless claims heard in court where we will be entitled to full discovery of Apple’s practices and a robust examination of the merits. – Qualcomm’s EVP and General Counsel, Don Rosenberg,
As you can see here, Qualcomm suggests that Apple’s ‘senseless’ attacks were behind the FTC’s charges, something the company accuses it of “misrepresenting facts and withholding information.”
The statement also suggests that Apple acted similarly in other parts of the world, and seeming reference to the fact that the FTC wasn’t the first to get on Qualcomm for unfair practices in recent years.
The San Diego-based chipmaker has also faced similar issues around the world, getting hit with big fines in South Korea ($854 million) and China ($975 million), along with some scrutiny in the European Union.