Apple gains support from Asia against Qualcomm.
The ongoing stand-off between Apple and Qualcomm has got more heated with Apple's manufacturing partners joining the company against Qualcomm.
Hon Hai/Foxconn, Compal, Wistron and Pegatron — all manufacturing partners of Apple in Asia —have filed a counter suit claiming that Qualcomm violated two sections of the Sherman Antitrust laws that exist to maintain fair competition within the US to benefit consumers.
"Qualcomm has confirmed publicly that this lawsuit against our clients is intended to make a point about Apple and punish our clients for working with Apple," Theodore J Boutrous, a lawyer representing the four companies, said in a statement.
The counter suit is seen as a response to the suit that Qualcomm filed in May this year seeking licensing fees that these manufacturing partners had reportedly stopped paying at the Cupertino-based tech giant's instruction.
Apple's manufacturing partners have called Qualcomm's lawsuit, "yet another chapter of Qualcomm's anticompetitive scheme to dominate modem chip markets, extract supracompetitive royalties, and break its commitments to license its cellular technology on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms," a Bloomberg report noted.