Qualcomm dealt another blow in second ITC action against Apple

“Qualcomm’s second U.S. International Trade Commission complaint against Apple is not going as planned,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “Staff for the agency this week issued a recommendation that found none of the chipmaker’s remaining patents-in-suit infringed, adding that an iPhone import ban would adversely impact the cellular modem market. ”

“Recommendations from the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, more commonly referred to as “ITC staff,” arrived on Monday as part of an evidentiary hearing in Qualcomm’s second ITC complaint against Apple, reports Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents,” Campbell reports. “Specifically, staff lawyers found that while Qualcomm’s three leveraged patents are valid, Apple did not infringe on them. ”

“While ITC staff act as a neutral third party, administrative law judge judges often side with their recommendations. These opinions are often adopted by the Commission, which makes the final determination in such matters, according to Mueller,” Campbell reports. “Despite the less-than-rosy start to its second ITC complaint — or perhaps because of it — Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday said he sees a settlement on the horizon. ”

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MacDailyNews Take: The Qualcomm extortionists lose another one!

Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, must end.

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  1. “Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf in an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday said he sees a settlement on the horizon. ”

    Yes and said “settlement” will not be extra cash for you but new reasonable terms to deprive you of your sense of entitlement and bring you back down to planet Earth stat.

  2. Anyone looking at Qualcomm’s stock price wouldn’t think the company was under any pressure at all. The stock continues to climb with a horrible-looking EPS and profit margin. To me, Qualcomm seems Teflon-coated as always. If it were Apple under that type of legal pressure there would be an immediate sell-off. In this case, it looks as though Qualcomm is winning the case against Apple as Qualcomm’s share price steadily rises.

    Over the last 52 week period Qualcomm has damn sure outperformed Apple by a decent amount of share price percentage. Hardly a “death blow” by any means. Qualcomm investors are yawning.

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