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News Apple sues Qualcomm for £800 million in 'withheld payments'

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Wait, didn't the FTC say Qualcomm provided rebates on patent royalties to Apple in return for exclusivity? Now it is suddenly overpriced patent royalties?
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Rebates come after you've paid - that's the difference between a rebate ("give me £10 now and I'll give you £5 back later") and a discount ("normally I'd ask for £10 but I'm giving you half off, so give me a fiver.")

    In this case, Apple is alleging that Qualcomm said "use us exclusively for your baseband chips and licence all of these allegedly-bullhoey patents for completely unrelated technologies like TouchID at MASSIVELY INFLATED PRICES and we'll give you a chunk of your money back later." Apple then said "okay, I guess," but started shopping around and/or questioning the validity of said allegedly-bullhoey patents, at which point Qualcomm said "WE SAID EXCLUSIVE, we're keeping that £800 million in rebates we owe you as a punishment."

    Then Apple got the FTC involved.
     
  4. jb0

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    Hey, remember that time Apple basically killed IEEE 1394 by demanding huge patent royalties and scaring everyone away? Payback's a bitch.


    Sorry, Apple. You guys A. didn't invent fingerprint scanners or high-res screens either,regardless of your claims here, and B. are no strangers to patent trolling yourselves. Zero sympathy, and stop letting your marketing team write your legal filings.
     

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