Intel charge against the “conduct competitive” of his rival after being forced to move away from the business of smartphones.

The knives are still sharp on the case that challenges Qualcomm with manufacturers and other representatives of the technology industry in the mobile sector, with special intervention by the Federal Trade Commission american.

The past month of may, Qualcomm lost a lawsuit in the united States, which would mean that had to change their business practices on patent license.

But in the summer conseguía a partial suspension of the court order, so it still has not had to modify their behavior. Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said at the time that the company was confident that the court order would be “revoked once they have considered the merits of our appeal”. That appeal is scheduled for January 2020.

companies that are considered to be affected Qualcomm have not remained silent. One of them is Intel, in a court document, as set out in our co, points directly to the practices of his rival in the semiconductor industry as the cause which led him to abandon the market of modems for smartphone.

Intel announced its withdrawal from the market of modems 5G in April because it did not offer a “a clear path toward profitability and a positive”. Crippled, therefore, the sale of products that had already planned to launch, and began to focus on other technological areas such as the network infrastructure of new generation, or the internet of things.

Months later, Apple encouraged to acquire the majority of the business of modems for smartphone Intel, with its technology, its contracts and its 2 200 employees. All for 1 000 million dollars, when its construction and development over a decade, cost several billion more. Intel was left with the ability to develop modems for other areas, such as computers or cars attached. This operation is just acaba completed.

even Though Apple had been a customer of Intel, using its technology as an alternative to the Qualcomm, this year was again changed to Qualcomm. After battling in different countries on the use of intellectual property, the two ended up approaching postures and firmando an agreement that implies the dismissal of all litigation that held, a license agreement with global patent, and an agreement for the supply of chipsets.

“artificial Barriers and insurmountable for a fair competition”

Last month, Intel, through the head of their legal services, Steven Rodgers, dice that was not able to be strong in the market before “artificial barriers and insurmountable for a fair competition” created by a “plan brazen” of Qualcomm, that would have been “carefully designed and implemented for many years,” and that would be based on illegal business practices.

In his opinion, the power of the Qualcomm chip-wireless should not be a mix of “wit and business acumen”, but the “network of anticompetitive conduct” that would have tissue, allowing you to “coercing customers, tilt the competitive playing field and to exclude competitors” while “are protected from legal scrutiny and captured thousands of millions in illicit proceeds”.

The words of Intel not remain there. This company believes that the “suffered the brunt of the anti-competitive behaviour by Qualcomm, is denied opportunities in the modern market, was prevented from making sales to customers and are forced to sell at prices that are skewed artificially by Qualcomm”.

this is Not the first time that Intel is pronounced in this sense. Had already done so, antes. In addition, it is not the only one who has raised the voice. Other companies have filed briefs before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of the united States, just then, that granted the partial suspension to Qualcomm of the injunction issued by the court for the Northern District of California.

Thus, car manufacturers and suppliers to the automotive sector have also developed their own document in which they argue that, if the past practices of Qualcomm going forward, it will raise the prices of cars with 5G, now that this technology is starting to become a reality. They also say that consumers already had to bear higher prices for the refusal of Qualcomm to grant licences to manufacturers of chips, leading to negotiations “unnecessary, costly and inefficient”.

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