Apple-Qualcomm legal dispute likely to be ‘long and ugly’

“The bitter legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm over patent-licensing terms won’t be resolved any time soon as both tech firms have dug in their heels for a long fight, Wall Street analysts said Friday,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily.

“The battle escalated with new legal filings on Thursday. That’s when Qualcomm filed patent-infringement complaints against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California,” Seitz reports. “Qualcomm wants the ITC to ban Apple from importing iPhones into the U.S. from its contract manufacturers in Asia. It also is seeking a cease-and-desist order to stop the sale of iPhones already in the U.S., until the patent dispute is settled.”

“Apple says Qualcomm is demanding a percentage of the total cost of the company’s products,” Seitz reports. “RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said investors should ‘brace for a long and ugly battle.’ The ITC typically takes 16 to 18 months to make a decision, he said in a report Friday about the Apple-Qualcomm dispute.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If Qualcomm doesn’t drop dead from a crack overdose, that is. They obviously have an issue.

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. Hey, it’s free market Capitalism. Let market forces work their will.

    If you are for the free market Capitalism, you are on the side of Qualcomm. If you are on Apple’s side, you support free-loading Socialism.

      1. And there is no such thing as pure capitalism, that being defined as the pursuit of capital at all costs because society recognizes its brutality so it puts safeguards in place to soften it. The only place that pure capitalism exists is as a mythology in Rightwing marketing.

        1. That is not the definition of capitalism. While I know that straw-man arguments have been the rage for quite a while, it’s more than past time to start making points based on actual facts, not Kellyanne Conway “alternate facts.”

    1. Oh, utter bullshit John Dingler, artist. I can state the EXACT OPPOSITE and be just as persuasive.

      Parasitism (Qualcomm) ≠ Capitalism (Apple)

      ProPaGandA is cheap, superfluous and plentiful. Ignore it and dig into the facts of all matters.

    2. That’s pure bullsh*t..

      Capitalism = Compete or get the F out of the way. Period. Qualcomm isn’t allowed to just double-dip and FRAND abuse everyone they feel like. QC offered this IP as a FRAND STANDARD–an agreement in which they have not HONORED once the industry adopted and became reliant upon the IP. It’s complete BS–Apple’s just the 1st company w/ enough balls and clout to be able to call these disingenuous F’s out on it. Good for Apple.

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