Just days after US company Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in a US court seeking $1 billion in damages, the Silicon Valley company has also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm but in China. Apple filed the suit seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages in Beijing’s Intellectual Property court, a court statement indicates.
Qualcomm has been facing series of litigations and fines as a result of its model of transacting business with its partners of which Samsung and Apple are the two largest, accounting for up to 40% of Qualcomm’s revenue in recent times. Qualcomm supplies both companies modem chips which connect phones to wireless networks. Apple is accusing the chip maker of abusing its dominance of the chip industry and is further seeking compensation for damages. Specifically, Apple is accusing Qualcomm of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively.