Semiconductor manufacturer Intel answered the recent allegations of rival Qualcomm that it was the beneficiary of the latter’s modem innovations purportedly leaked by Apple in an illegal way. The response was included in a press release issued by Steve Rodgers — Intel’s vice president and general counsel — who described Qualcomm’s accusations as “rhetorics pierced”. Rodgers said that Intel would continue to fight Qualcomm’s lawsuit in the courtroom and not in public.
Among other things, Rodgers tongue lashes Qualcomm for its anti-competitive practices, noting the series of fines that have been slammed on the mobile chip maker. The statement also reads that Qualcomm has failed to earn victory its in its lawsuit case on 88 patent claims including alleged infringement on a number of products, including Intel’s modem.
Qualcomm is embroiled in patent lawsuit with a several companies across the world, including Intel and Apple, claiming many of those firms could not have develop their wireless technologies without having infringed on Qualcomm’s patents. Qualcomm claims that its patents are the base foundation of current and many future wireless communications technologies, so any tech corporation making a cellular modems and related wireless transceivers for mobile networks is a possible patent violator.
The statement also mentions a litigation case where a federal judge found “considerable, compelling common proof” that the Snapdragon chip maker had required companies using their chips “to accept a separate license to Qualcomm’s cellular [standard essential patents] in order to gain access to Qualcomm’s modem chips.” The unlawful practice was tagged as a “no license, no chips,” that has been found to be part of Qualcomm’s anti-competitive demeanor challenged in so many countries.
In the press release posted on the Intel’s newsroom, Rodgers said that Qualcomm has already been fined for $975 million in China, $850 million in South Korea, $1.2 billion by the EU commission, and $773 million in Chinese Taipei for its anti-competition behavior. Furthermore, The Intel EVP & General Counsel also said that Qualcomm has been found in violation of competition laws in Japan and that the US government is currently chasing Qualcomm for potential antitrust violations. “As one of the world’s largest patent holders, Intel respects intellectual property. But we also respect truth, candor and fair competition,” the brass added.