Qualcomm’s fight with Apple over licensing agreements has led to the telecommunications giant posting lower than forecast profits in Q3 Fiscal 2017 results, and just last week a group representing tech companies including Samsung, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft — aligned itself with Apple, filing a statement to the International Trade Commission saying that banning iPhones in the US would bring about “significant shocks to supply” for the handset market.
Apple initiated the battle, stating that Qualcomm’s patent licensing agreements were unfair. Qualcomm retaliated by saying that the iPhone infringes on six of its patents, asking the ITC to effect a ban on the device until the issue is resolved.
According to the group, a ban on iPhones would lead to a Qualcomm “monopoly:”
If the ITC were to grant this exclusion order, it would help Qualcomm use its monopoly power for further leverage against Apple and allow them to drive up prices on consumer devices. What’s at stake here is certainly the availability of iPhones and other smartphones at better prices.
Now Intel is weighing in, stating that Qualcomm is being anti-competitive and trying to ward off a challenge from its “only remaining rival:”
This twisted use of the Commission’s process is just the latest in a long line of anticompetitive strategies that Qualcomm has used to quash incipient and potential competitors and avoid competition on the merits.
Intel also alleged that its modems were technologically equal to Qualcomm’s offerings. With Qualcomm digging in, it doesn’t look like the litigation will end anytime soon.