Qualcomm countersues Apple in dispute over licensing fees


Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the processors that power the majority of modern Android devices, is countersuing Apple in a dispute related to licensing fees.

According to CNBC, Qualcomm says it’s countersuing for damages and is urging Apple to stop interfering with its arrangements with the companies that manufacture parts for the iPhone and iPad.

Qualcomm earns money from the chips its sells, as well as from royalties stemming from companies that utilize its technology, such as the Snapdragon 835 processor found in the Samsung Galaxy S8.

In Qualcomm’s countersuit, filed at the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California, the company says Apple breached and interfered with its agreements with other device manufacturers. Qualcomm also claims Apple did “not to utilize the full performance of Qualcomm’s modem chips in its iPhone 7,” according to CNBC.

Apple recently launched a $1 billion suit against Qualcomm, stating that the company has withheld nearly $1 billion from the company as a retaliatory measure as a result of it helping Korean authorities with an antitrust investigation.

Source: CNBC