While Apple has joined the US justice system to support its allegations, Qualcomm has used its teams of lawyers to bulkly refute the accusations and counter-attack by arguing that everything Apple is trying to do, Is to depreciate the value of Qualcomm patents and properties in order to pay for its cheaper operating licenses.
Qualcomm forced to revise its forecasts down
It is within this tense framework that the American justice will have to disentangle these different cases, whereas a new rebound has just occurred today: Apple has indicated that until the justice has rendered its verdict, Would not pay any royalties to Qualcomm – his exact statement being: ” Without a precise rate, we suspend our payments until the exact amount can be determined by the court .” Difficult to be clearer. It should be noted that technically, Apple does not directly pay money to Qualcomm, but intermediaries who make the iPhone and iPad and who pay Qualcomm. But of course, it comes down to the same: if Apple does not pay these sums, They will be unable to pay in turn the SoC manufacturer and modems.
“We’ve been trying to reach a licensing agreement with Qualcomm for more than five years but they have refused to negotiate fair terms. Without an agreed-upon rate to determine how much is owed, we have suspended payments until the correct amount can be determined by the court,” Apple said in a statement to El Reg.
“As we’ve said before, Qualcomm’s demands are unreasonable and they have been charging higher rates based on our innovation, not their own.”
Qualcomm remains on his line of defense. Don Rosenberg, General Counselor, said in return: ” Apple has decided on its side that the terms of the contract were now unacceptable, while these same terms apply without problem to the iPhone and iPad cellphones for many years .” As a result, Qualcomm had to lower its revenue forecast for the current quarter from an estimated range of $ 5.3-6.1 billion to $ 4.8-5.6 billion.