While Qualcomm arguments are focused on its patent regime, the arguments of the defendant appear to appeal to the emotional side of regulators.
Qualcomm Inc fired back at Apple and at the tech lobby group which sided with Cupertino, saying its critics are making a “coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting” trade regulators.
Earlier this month, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and sought a ban on the import of iPhones that use chips “other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates.”
Apple began using Intel chips in the iPhone 7.
As reported earlier, last week, Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobby group, representing Google, Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc has sided with Apple arguing that barring the import of these iPhones will cause “significant shocks to supply” and hurt consumers.
Apple is not a member of the group.
In its filing, Qualcomm has argued that its seeking to ban the import of iPhones that use chips “other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates” has nothing to do with Intel’s chips. Its focus and concern is on the patented technology that surrounds the Intel chips in current versions of the iPhone.
“Apple can purchase and utilize any LTE modem it chooses so long as it does not infringe Qualcomm’s asserted patents,” wrote the company.
Qualcomm and Intel are not the only chip manufacturing companies. Qualcomm has highlighted the fact that other companies, including Samsung, MediaTek Inc, Leadcore, Marvell Technology Group, HiSilicon and Spreadtrum, make modem chips and they could supply them to the smartphone industry.
When asked to comment on Qualcomm’s filing, Apple reiterated its previous statement saying Qualcomm supplies Apple “with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products – effectively taxing Apple’s innovation.”