Apple sued Qualcomm in 2017 for (allegedly) gathering royalties for technology and services that were not associated to them. This initial lawsuit was the start of a series of attacks from both companies to one another in the form of legal notices, law suits and counter suits. The last of these court dramas occurred in November when Apple blamed Qualcomm for infringing their patents through their Snapdragon mobile processors. For this, the European Union has fined Qualcomm a whopping $1.2 billion!
“Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals.” This was the court ruling which puts the American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company in a seriously messy situation.
Don Rosenburg, Qualcomm’s executive vice president, issued the following statement regarding the entire situation: “We are confident this agreement did not violate EU competition rules or adversely affect market competition or European consumers. We have a strong case for judicial review and we will immediately commence that process.”
This particular technology which Apple is putting on the line of fire are LTE baseband chipsets. Back in 2011 both these companies agreed on Qualcomm paying Apple as long as the latter didn’t import these chipsets from any other vendor in the market.