If there’s one factor we discovered from Apple’s protracted authorized battle with Samsung, it’s that Apple has no qualms about sitting again, racking up large authorized bills, and letting justice run its course. And so, with Apple and Qualcomm’s present authorized dispute now two years in, it seems that the 2 tech giants will head to trial with a purpose to work out who owes who what.
Interestingly sufficient, the respective CEOs of Apple and Qualcomm just lately threw just a few jabs at one another within the press this week. It all began when Tim Cook, who sat down for an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, was requested about Apple’s latest authorized losses to Qualcomm in Germany and China. If you recall, Apple just lately stopped promoting sure iPhone fashions after receiving hostile rulings in each nations.
Cook, per regular, didn’t mince phrases. Not solely did he name Qualcomm’s royalty scheme unlawful, he additionally indicated settlement settlement between the 2 firms isn’t one thing being mentioned in the intervening time.
When requested if Apple was going to “cave”, Cook answered:
No. Look, the reality is, we haven’t been in any settlement discussions with them because the third calendar quarter of final yr. That is the reality. So I’m undecided the place that considering is coming from. The situation that we’ve with Qualcomm is that they’ve a coverage of no license, no chips. This is, in our view, unlawful. And so many regulators in many various nations agree with this. And then secondly, they’ve an obligation to supply their patent portfolio on a good, cheap, and nondiscriminatory foundation. And they don’t try this. They cost exorbitant costs. And they’ve quite a lot of completely different ways they use to try this. And that’s not simply us saying that. I imply, you may see what’s popping out of the FTC trial right here within the United States. And clearly, I’ve a difficulty with a few of their different ways that I’m certain you’ve examine.
And right here’s the place issues get much more attention-grabbing. Cook insinuated that earlier studies relating to Qualcomm and Apple attempting to hash issues out quantity to nothing greater than pretend information.
“…however the paying someone to write down pretend information after which selling it. This is stuff that needs to be beneath firms,” Cook mentioned. “This is just not how issues ought to function.”
As if that weren’t odd sufficient, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf responded to Cook’s feedback and informed Reuters that they have been “deceptive.” You might recall that…