Major technology companies have adjusted itself against Qualcomm in its legal dispute with Apple by calling on controls to refuse Qualcomm’s bid to ban the import of iPhones.
A lobbying group that represents Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook filed comments with the US International Trade Commission.
They debated that barring Apple from shipping foreign, assembled iPhones that use Intel chips and as Qualcomm has requested would cause “significant shocks to supply” for phones and would hurt consumers.
Intel and Apple competitor Samsung are members of the group, called the Computer & Communications Industry Association. But Apple is not a member of the group.
Ed Black, the CEO of the group, stated that
“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.”
Apple iPhones and iPads connect to cellular data networks with the help of modem chips supplied by Qualcomm. Before buying chips, the two have been locked in a sprawling legal battle in which Apple has objected to Qualcomm’s business model of asking customers to sign patent license agreements.
Qualcomm has cited Apple of undertaking its contract manufacturers like Foxconn to withhold license payments in a bid to hurt Qualcomm. It sued Apple on separate allegations that Apple violated six patents this month, without draining the battery the iPhones work better.
So they filed a complaint with the US ITC querying to ban iPhones that use chips “other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates.” happen simultaneously. Apple started using Intel chips in the iPhone 7.
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