It seems that Qualcomm is making more and more enemies as its dispute with Apple regarding the royalties for its patents develops.
Last week we found that four Apple suppliers sued Qualcomm for violating the US antitrust legislation and that Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon jumped in the same boat with Apple, taking their side against Qualcomm, demanding the International Trade Commission, not to approve the iPhone import ban requested by the mobile chipset maker.
Now, the latest complaint comes from Intel, which claims the San Diego company is charging five times more for its licenses while at the same time is offering lower prices for chips for phone manufacturers.
Intel has urged the ITC to investigate Qualcomm, as it feels it hasn’t licensed its tech under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms and is charging absurdly high rates. Qualcomm on the other side said Intel uses patents in certain LTE modems unlawfully and has demanded Apple replace the parts.
Intel claiming that a company is hoarding the chip market might have a reason, but there’s also an ironic side to it. Back in 2014, it was required to pay $1.4 billion fine over anti-competitive tactics in the EU.