Apple rejects Qualcomm’s allegation of throttling iPhones, says ‘study’ is ‘methodologically unsound’

“Under a May 30 court order, Apple has a couple of deadlines today (June 20) in its antitrust/patent litigation in the Southern District of California, and when double-checking on the deadline,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents, “I just noticed that Apple made one filing one day in advance — a motion to dismiss Qualcomm’s unfair competition counterclaim based on the allegation that Apple hobbled, throttled or whatever one may call it its iPhones that come with Qualcomm chip in an effort to make Intel’s chips appear equally performant.”

“As I wrote ten weeks ago, the legal relevance of this to the dispute is very doubtful at best (it certainly has no bearing whatsoever on the question of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing terms), so to me it looks like more of a PR maneuver,” Mueller writes. “I can’t even imagine that it would influence consumers’ purchase decisions.”

Mueller writes, “The hurdle for a dismissal (especially a dismissal with prejudice, which is requested here) is high, but what I’ve read about the L.A. Taxi v. Uber case suggests that this motion may very well succeed. For the San Diego court, Apple’s motion to dismiss may be an opportunity to dispose of something that is legally unrelated to what will actually decide the case but would make a lot of noise.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The jig is up, Qualcomm.

Qualcomm’s FRAND abuse must not stand. Qualcomm’s licensing scam — charging a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components — is unreasonable, illogical, and irrational.

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  1. Apple certainly has the wherewithal to develop chips such that there is zero need for Qualcomm stuff anywhere near an iPhone. Then we can watch Qualcomm shrivel up.

    1. Qualcomm owns the patents that replacement chips would have to use, so the license fees would be due in any case. In order to exclude Qualcomm, Apple would have to develop a whole new way of doing voice/data communications, and that’s a VERY tall order.

    2. While Apple does buy many, many millions of chips from Qualcomm, Apple not buying chips from Qualcomm will not make it “shrivel up”. Qualcomm’s sales to Apple is a relatively small fraction of Qualcomm’s overall sales (just think of all those Android phones with Qualcomm chips in them).

      The bigger issue is the licensing fees. If Apple wins big on this one, EVERY company paying licensing fees to Qualcomm will want money back and renegotiated fee structures.

      THAT will hurt Qualcomm way, way more than Apple stopping buying chips from Qualcomm.

      1. I agree that Apple alone not buying chips from Qualcomm would be a tiny fraction but including even Android devices would still only make a tiny dent in their overall sales. There are communications devices in many other non-smartphone/tablet products that use Qualcomm chips or tech.

        I agree the ‘danger’ to Qualcomm from the case is not losing chip sales to Apple and/or Android OEMs but that their entire royalty system will be altered negatively for them.

  2. Most likely they wanted to have an ‘aternative’ source (Intel) for chips before embarking on attacking their only source (Qualcomm) previously and risk shutting down practically all their mobile product lines.

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