been battling throughout 2017.
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
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
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
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
between Apple and Qualcomm started in January this year,
sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in
rebates because Apple assisted South Korean regulators
investigating Qualcomm’s business.
also got dragged into the fight, with even Apple’s biggest
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
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