Another chapter of the Apple vs Qualcomm battle has started just today, proofing that the Christmas spirit isn’t something for everyone. The US Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins ordering the Cupertino Giant to pay $25,000 per day until they succeed in turn over some documents related to the FTC’s lawsuit against Qualcomm.
According to reports, the Court has started to fine Apple on December 16th. The $25,000 can seem like a breaking amount for us, but for Apple it translates in the revenue achieved in just 16 seconds, according to its last Fiscal Year report. The amount can even be increased if the iPhone’s manufacturer fail in providing the documents until December 29th.
The FTC suit accuses the chipset maker, Qualcomm, of allowing the US company to pay lower value for licensing fees in return of using Qualcomm chips exclusively. Just a few days after the suit gets filed, Apple filed its own suit, this time accusing the chipset maker of monopoly on chips for mobile handsets.
“We have already produced millions of documents for this case and are working hard to deliver the millions more which have been requested in an unprecedented time frame. We plan to appeal this ruling.”
-Josh Rosenstock, Apple spokesman
Even alleging to already have produced millions of documents related to this case, Apple claims that will appeal to the Court’s ruling. According to the iPhone manufacturer, they’ve successfully delivered the amount of 2,6 million of documents by December 15, just before the deadline date, and Qualcomm isn’t being “fair” putting them in the corner.
We are looking closely to see how this case will advance in the future. Currently both Qualcomm and Apple have their own problems to concern, other than this judicial fight, as the iPhone maker needs to keep pushing sales of its recent iPhone X, and Qualcomm is getting the pressure of Broadcom’s bid.