In a bid to resolve its legal dispute with Apple that could see Qualcomm lose one of its biggest clients, the San Diego-based chip maker has made some changes to the licensing process of its next generation of mobile chips. This could help Qualcomm not only win back orders from Apple but also reduce regulatory scrutiny.
Over a large stretch of 2017, news reports kept popping up regarding an ongoing dispute between chip manufacturer Qualcomm and Apple, with both companies leveling legal teams at one another over issues most concerned with patents and patent royalty payments.
The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997 million ($1.2 billion) for using its dominant position in the industry to thwart competition through unfair business practices. In its ruling, the EU body says that Qualcomm prevented other LTE modem suppliers to offer their baseband to a “key customer” by making significant payments to it.
Hot on the heels of Apple countersuing Qualcomm for infringing on at least eight of its patents, Qualcomm has filed a new patent suit against the Cupertino company for infringing on five of its patents. The patents relate to RF transceivers, device power management, image enhancement using depth-bata, and power efficiency in mobile CPUs.
In the legal tryst between Apple and Qualcomm, we have only seen the latter accuse the Cupertino company of infringing on its patents. Now, adding a twist to this tale, Apple today countersued Qualcomm for infringing on its patents.
With the 2017 iPhone lineup already out there in the wild, attention is already starting to diverge to what Apple will launch in 2018.
Reports recently outlined Apple’s efforts to design iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm internals of any kind under the hoods.
Apple and Qualcomm are not currently seeing eye-to-eye, and it doesn’t look like there will be a resolution to that fight anytime soon.
While news has quieted down a bit regarding Apple and Qualcomm, the battle between the two juggernaut companies is far from over.