Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Oct 2017 10:56 UTC
Legal

Within a matter of weeks, Qualcomm, which had been valued at more than $100 billion in December 2016, had lost a quarter of its market capitalization, an outcome that Qualcomm executives say was Apple's intent all along. "Apple's game plan is to squeeze people until they finally say, 'OK, the pressure's too hard. I'll just take a deal,'" said Derek Aberle, then Qualcomm's president and the company's chief negotiator, in an interview in July. Apple, on the other hand, presents the dispute as a matter of fairness. "It's not that we can't pay," Sewell says. "It's that we shouldn't have to pay."

The case, which could go to trial in a San Diego federal court as early as next year, could have a profound impact on the mobile phone business. A Qualcomm win would hamper Appleā€™s efforts to cut costs and preserve margins that have allowed it to capture most of the profits generated by smartphone makers worldwide. If Apple wins and succeeds in ending the Qualcomm tax, that could marginalize one of the most powerful American technology companies and upend the balance of power in the semiconductor industry.

I have zero sympathy for either of these two companies. I literally cannot find a single fournication to give.

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ThomasFuhringer
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2007-01-25

The problem is the patent and IP legal framework. Protection of IP should expire after three to five years at the most. This is enough of an incentive for a company to invest into R&D. If the business case does not foresee a profit in that time period, they will not invest anyway in most of the cases.
Nobody needs to collect money for a cartoon they wrote 50 years ago.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Should I remind you how Disney lobbied to extend copyright for its characters that should have been in public domain long ago ?

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