Qualcomm sues four Apple contract manufacturers

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According to a recent Qualcomm announcement, the company has revealed that they have since filed lawsuits against the likes of Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron, who for those unfamiliar are the contract manufacturers hired by Apple to help build the iPhone.

Moreover, Qualcomm said the manufacturers continue to pay royalties for use of Qualcomm technology in non-Apple products, under the same contract agreements being disputed by Apple.

San Diego-based Qualcomm said last month that Apple had chose to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to the chipmaker, for sales made in the first quarter of 2017, until the dispute is resolved in court.

Qualcomm said it has license agreements stretching back 17 years. "The manufacturers must continue to live up to their obligations under these agreements and Apple should immediately cease its tortious interference". "We're suing to make the point that others shouldn't be used by Apple to advance this agenda they have of attacking us".

Friday was the deadline to file amicus "friend of the court" briefs in the case, an opportunity both Intel and Samsung seized to accuse Qualcomm of hoarding patents for essential smartphone technologies. Apple's suit built upon a wave of worldwide resistance to Qualcomm's patent-licensing business that has included investigations and fines in several countries.

The FTC brought the lawsuit against Qualcomm for anticompetitive patent-licensing practices in January in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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The case underscores the influence Apple wields over the companies that make its products and parts for them.

Last week, Bloomberg reported Qualcomm would ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to issue an injunction prohibiting iPhone imports, citing sources familiar with the company's plans.

The smartphone manufacturers are under pressure from Apple and they need to follow instructions of Apple not to pay to Qualcomm.

In addition to being one of the world's largest maker of chips for mobile devices, Qualcomm owns thousands of patents on fundamental technology that ensures all phones work. "And we said, that is interesting, but that is between you and Apple".

The mess began when the FTC accused Qualcomm of effectively giving itself a monopoly by saying that it would charge Apple higher patent royalties unless the company agreed not to source baseband processors from its competitors.