Qualcomm vs Apple
Alright, let’s get in the courtroom! 2017 got off to a bad start for Qualcomm, as they got hit by antitrust action from both the governments of both the United States and South Korea, which in part accused Qualcomm of charging exorbitant prices for licensing fees. Apple, a company that has to pay those licensing fees for the Qualcomm modems they use, thought that sounded about right and decided to do a little suing of their own.
Apple filed a $1 billion suit against Qualcomm in January, claiming they were owed the money because of the ruling in South Korea. The spat’s been going on all year, and it’s aged well. The latest? Qualcomm is trying to get imports of the T-Mobile and AT&T iPhone X blocked — those don’t use Qualcomm’s modems, but Qualcomm is claiming that Apple is still using technology owned by Qualcomm without paying licensing fees or royalties. This beef, we can assure you, will stay on the grill through 2018.