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Apple and Qualcomm have
been battling throughout 2017.
Photo: Qualcomm



Qualcomm
has suffered another blow in its battle with Apple after being
fined a record $773 million by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission
for alleged antitrust violations over a period of at least
seven years.

Specifically, the
fine involves Qualcomm’s collection of NT$400 billion ($13.2
billion) in licensing fees from local companies. The Taiwanese
regulator hammered Qualcomm’s monopolistic market status for
not providing products to clients who won’t agree to its terms
and conditions.


“Qualcomm
holds big number of standard essential patents in CDMA, WCDMA
and LTE segments and is the dominant provider of CDMA, WCDMA
and LTE baseband chips,” the country’s FTC said. “It abused its
advantage in mobile communication standards, refused to license
necessary patents.”


The news is
good for Apple, which has argued throughout 2017 that Qualcomm
abuses its position in the marketplace.

Apple vs. Qualcomm

This latest setback is the second Qualcomm has
suffered in the past couple months.
Back in September, it lost two hearings against Apple —
meaning that it is unable to force Apple’s manufacturing
partners to make royalty payments before the total quantity of
royalties owed is settled, and that it also cannot
stop Apple from seeking antitrust cases against Qualcomm in
other countries.


The dispute
between Apple and Qualcomm started in January this year,
when Apple
sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in
rebates because Apple assisted South Korean regulators
investigating Qualcomm’s business.


Qualcomm

Apple’s manufacturers
also got dragged into the fight, with even Apple’s biggest
rivals
stepping up to support Apple. Since then, the battle
escalated — with Qualcomm attempting to ban
iPhones being imported to the United States that
use chips, “other than those supplied by Qualcomm
affiliates.”

Source:
Bloomberg



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