The tide of lawsuits and accusations between Apple and Qualcomm does not stop. Now Cupertino’s company is accusing the manufacturer of charging twice for licensing a patent : once in the form of a fee for using its patented technology and once with an additional fee for using the chip that benefits from that technology.
It is a practice called double-dipping , which consists of charging twice for using something. It adds to the complaint that Apple already put to Qualcomm arguing that there is a revenge towards them within their fees. The first complaint was for overcharging those fees.
What was originally Apple’s collaboration with regulators investigating Qualcomm may turn into a huge legal battle. If Cupertino is successful in this complaint, Qualcomm would lose a significant portion of its revenue , and an earlier lawsuit with Lexmark was already resolved in Apple’s favour using the same technique.
Apple has also asked the courts to dismiss the claims against four of its manufacturers, claiming that all that is happening is between them and Qualcomm and no one else. Normal: Apple wants its suppliers not to be harmed as collateral damage from these lawsuits. And it’s already happening, because days ago Mark Gurman warned that one consequence could be an iPhone 8 without a speed increase in its mobile connection.