Apple contractors accuse Qualcomm of antitrust violations


A new round of artillery has been fired in the ongoing antitrust and licensing battle concerning Apple and Qualcomm. And this time, Qualcomm is on the obtaining finish of the shot.

Four contractors that build iPhones and other Apple products say Qualcomm violated two sections of the U.S. Sherman Antitrust Act. The contractors — Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Field, Wistron, Compal Electronics and Pegatron — created their statements in a submitting late Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The contractors say Qualcomm violated the Sherman Act when it sued them in Might in purchase to make the corporations spend license costs to Qualcomm.

Apple directed the contractors to withhold their payments when a match concerning Apple and Qualcomm played out. In that situation, Apple sued Qualcomm in January, alleging that Qualcomm withheld the payment of nearly $1 billion in rebates owed to Apple owing to Apple’s working with federal regulators in South Korea.

Everything in the dispute hyperlinks back to the modem-chip technology that Qualcomm can make, and which iPhones use to connect to mobile facts networks. Qualcomm’s strategy of tying the gross sales of these types of chips to patent licenses has occur underneath investigation by regulators in several nations, which includes the United States and South Korea.

Picture: A indicator sits atop Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego in 2011.  Four Apple contractors say Qualcomm has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act as section of an ongoing legal dispute concerning Qualcomm and Apple. (Gregory Bull/AP)


Tags: Apple, Foxconn, Qualcomm, South Korea, Wistron