Tech Group Representing Samsung, Google, Microsoft and More Supports Apple in Qualcomm Fight

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group that represents Google, eBay, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, Intel, Samsung, and other tech companies today asked the United States International Trade Commission to reject Qualcomm's request for an import ban on select iPhone and iPad models.


According to the CCIA, preventing Apple from importing iPhones made abroad would result in harm to consumers by enabling Qualcomm's anti-competitive behavior. CCIA President & CEO Ed Black gave the following statement on the issue:
"Qualcomm is already using its dominant position to pressure competitors and tax competing products. 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. But even more critical is the principle of open competition that has been historically important to US economic success. The ITC has a choice whether to further reward anti-competitive behavior - or to reject this anti-free market, anti-consumer request."
In its ongoing legal battle with Apple, Qualcomm in early July asked the U.S. ITC to block imports of select iPhone and iPad models that use Intel modem chips instead of Qualcomm chips.

Qualcomm requested the partial ban as part of a patent lawsuit that claims Apple devices infringe on six Qualcomm patents related to carrier aggregation and technologies designed to allow iPhones to save battery life while charging.

The lawsuit and import ban request were both filed in retaliation for an ongoing royalty dispute between the two companies, which saw Apple sue Qualcomm back in January for charging unfair royalties and refusing to pay quarterly rebates. Since that date, the legal fight between the two companies has continued to escalate.



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12 months ago
“.....availability of iPhones and other smartphones at better prices...”

Apple from all firms, sticks to a price point like no other. “Better prices” will happen when hell freezes over. I think they meant to say better margins. LOL :)
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12 months ago
Qualcomm seems finished here. Better they settle it right now.
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12 months ago
Qualcomm has been outed from the club:
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12 months ago
keeps getting worse for Qualcomm.

edit: notably, Apple is not a member of this group.
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12 months ago
It's time to finish this Qualcomm pest company once and for all.
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12 months ago
Tech Group Representing Samsung, Google, Microsoft and More Supports Apple in Qualcomm Fight

Tech OEM's circling the wagons. If Qualcomm can ban Apple devices who's to say they can't ban they other guys' devices in some future legal dispute.
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12 months ago
And people thought iPhones would be banned......yeah right.
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12 months ago
Unpopular opinion: I support Qualcomm in this fight.
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12 months ago

Heck, what does that line above even mean?

It means that Qualcomm used its position and the threat to withholding its licenses as a means to extract exorbitant royalties. Basically like MS in the 90s they used their dominant position conduct business in a manner that violated the law

So I meant what do YOU think they shouldn't have done, in particular?

I already answered that, and I'll post it again
They probably should have avoided their anticompetitive behavior and threaten phone manufacturers to disrupt their supply if they didn't pay the elevated royalties
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12 months ago

Samsung and Apple on the same side. Take a picture because you won't see it again.


Not to mention seeing fan support for the CCIA, who similarly came out in favor of Samsung against Apple last year in the Supreme Court design patent award case (which Samsung ended up winning).

Tech Giants Back Samsung in Supreme Court Apple Patent Fight
http://fortune.com/2016/01/18/samsung-apple-amicus/
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