In his interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer for Mad Money, Tim Cook said that Apple has not been involved in any “settlement discussions” with Qualcomm since Q3 of 2018. He also shot down reports and statements from Qualcomm of both companies working together on finding a resolution. Qualcomm’s spokesperson has now called such remarks from Apple’s CEO “misleading.”
The spokesperson also said that Cook’s statement was a “deliberately timed attempt to tarnish” the company’s reputation and that Qualcomm sticks to the original comments made by its CEO Steve Mollenkopf in November. The statement also reiterated that Qualcomm has been in discussions with Apple “at various times” about a possible resolution for their ongoing dispute.
“We have been consistent for the last eighteen months in making clear that we have, at various times, been in discussions with Apple about a possible resolution to our licensing dispute,” said Qualcomm’s spokesperson.
“We have also stated clearly on several occasions that we believe it will be resolved, one way or the other, in the near future, either through a settlement or court decisions.”
During the interview, Cook had expressed his displeasure on Qualcomm’s no license, no chip policy. He also noted that Qualcomm should not be paying somebody to write fake news about Apple and other companies. The San Diego chip maker had hired Definers Public Affairs for writing and spreading false news about Apple.
The issue that we have with Qualcomm is that they have a policy of no license, no chips. This is, in our view, illegal. And then, secondly, they have an obligation to offer their patent portfolio on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis and they don’t do that. They charge exorbitant prices.
Apple and its lawyers have flat out issued statements refuting possibilities of any settlement with Qualcomm over their ongoing patent dispute but Qualcomm has at various stages said that it is trying to negotiate with Apple about this. At this point, irrespective of what each company says, it is unlikely that we will see Apple and Qualcomm settle this matter outside of court.