There has been a legal glitch between Apple and Qualcomm, and now a key US agency has stepped in between. The US International Trade Commission, which is the power holder to ban products from entering the country has confirmed that Qualcomm’s complaint against Apple regarding the illegal use of cellular technology in iPhones powered by moderns produced by Intel will be investigated by them. Qualcomm wants to stop all the iPhones which are using Intel modems and running on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. There has been no fixed date given but ITC says it would surely put down a target deadline regarding the completion of the investigation which will follow soon. It is being estimated within 45 days of its initiation. The General Counsel Don Rosenberg of Qualcomm said that a decision from ITC isn’t likely to take place within 18 months. The parties will have to wait.
ITC had to step in when the legal spat which started when the Apple Team decided that the fees paid for licensing for Qualcomm’s mobile technology were too much, and Qualcomm says that the fees should be targeted upon the value of the phone. But Apple is the ideology that they should be paying a license fee depending on the cost or value of the modem.
Companies reaching out to ITC has been common tactics used by the big guys to get both the parties on terms of bargaining. Usually, before the decision is actually taken, they make up a resolution which will benefit both of them.
Qualcomm can boast about being the world’s largest provider of mobile chips; it often gets into legal issues or battles with other companies. Recently, Qualcomm also filed a complaint against Apple for infringing on six mobile patents. But with the turn of events, “Qualcomm is pleased with the ITC’s decision to investigate Apple’s unfair trade practices and the unauthorized importation of products using Qualcomm’s patents and. “We look forward to the ITC’s expeditious investigation of Apple’s ongoing infringement of our intellectual property and the accelerated relief that the Commission can provide,” said Don Rosenberg.
Apple Inc. has drawn support from Facebook, Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon. Even Intel seemed unhappy about the suit stating that it will deem harmful to the harbouring competition. But Qualcomm is still adamant on its stand by accusing the critics of the lawsuit for misdirecting the ITC.It seems like one ugly mess.