Facebook plans to release a smart speaker with a 15-inch touchscreen in early 2018, according to a new report from Digitimes citing sources in the Asian supply chain.The speaker is reportedly being developed by Facebook's consumer hardware lab, Building 8. Business Insider recently uncovered a Building 8 patent that describes a modular hardware device that could function like a speaker with a screen.The device will be manufactured by Pegatron and sold in the first quarter of 2018, according to Digitimes.Amazon recently started selling a similar speaker called the Echo Show that features a large display.A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment.Building 8 is led by former Google executive Regina Dugan and is tasked with shipping consumer hardware to millions of people.
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.
More are joining Apple's court battle against Qualcomm.Four iPhone manufacturers have filed a suit against the US chipmaker, alleging it used its market position to charge excessive royalties, Reuters reported Wednesday.They are Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron Corp, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Corp.The move is a rebuttal to Qualcomm's suit in May, which sought to press the contractors into paying license fees after they refused to do so.Until earlier this year, Apple paid its manufacturers' Qualcomm royalty fees, so when Apple decided it would no longer pay up, the manufacturers stopped paying that fee.Apple said it won't resume payment till its problem with Qualcomm -- it brought the chipmaker to court in January, accusing it of unfair licensing terms -- is settled.
iGiant bankrolls manufacturers' legal battle royale over patent license feesUpdated The four electronics factories sued by Qualcomm for not paying licensing fees have lodged their own countersuit with the backing of Apple.In a counter-complaint [PDF] lodged Tuesday in California, Taiwanese manufacturers Pegatron, Compal, Hon Hai, and Wistron allege Qualcomm is trying to force them to pay excessive royalties for patents they aren't even using in their products."This lawsuit is 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 nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms," the gang's court paperwork reads."In the past two years alone, three separate foreign antitrust enforcers have declared Qualcomm a monopolist and collectively have fined the company over $1 billion."The countersuit is being lodged with the support of Apple, which has agreed to cover the costs for each of the four manufacturers should they lose in a jury trial.
A group of leading smartphone manufacturers joined Apple Inc. in a legal battle against Qualcomm Inc., claiming that the chip maker charges excessive patent licenses and violates antitrust laws.Taiwan-based contract manufacturers Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp. filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm late Tuesday night in U.S. federal district court in San Diego, according to Theodore J....
Apple contractors Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm alleging that the company has violated two sections of the U.S. based Sherman Act.This is the latest and an ongoing battle between over wireless patent royalties.Qualcomm is the market leader in smartphone modems and a primary supplier to Apple, yet Apple doesn’t have a direct patent deal with Qualcomm.Instead, Qualcomm requires Apple’s contractors to sign patent license agreements before purchasing chips, which the US Federal Trade Commission called in its own complaint a “no license, no chips” model.Besides paying for the wireless chips themselves, Apple covers the licensing fees to the four manufacturers who then pay Qualcomm, this allows Qualcomm to take a percentage of the overall iPhone selling price in exchange for supplying the modem chips.Apple stopped making royalty payments to its contractors after it sued Qualcomm in January for $1 billion.
A new round of artillery has been fired in the ongoing antitrust and licensing fight between Apple and Qualcomm.And this time, Qualcomm is on the receiving end of the shot.Four contractors that build iPhones and other Apple products say Qualcomm violated two sections of the U.S. Sherman Antitrust Act.The contractors — Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron, Compal Electronics and Pegatron — made their claims in a filing late Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.The contractors say Qualcomm violated the Sherman Act when it sued them in May in order to make the companies pay license fees to Qualcomm.Apple directed the contractors to withhold their payments while a suit between Apple and Qualcomm played out.
(Reuters) — iPhone chip supplier Qualcomm faces a fresh set of antitrust allegations from a group of four companies that assemble the iPhone and other products on behalf of Apple.Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron Corp, Compal Electronics, and Pegatron Corp alleged that Qualcomm violated two sections of the Sherman Act, a U.S. antitrust law.The accusations, made in a filing late Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, are counterclaims to a Qualcomm lawsuit filed in May seeking to force the contractors to pay Qualcomm license fees that Apple directed them to stop paying.“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 for the four companies, said in a statement.“The companies are bringing their own claims and defenses against Qualcomm.”The allegations are part of broader dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, which supplies so-called modem chip technology that lets iPhones connect to cellular data networks, over the nature of Qualcomm’s business model of linking the sale of chips and patent licenses, which has come under scrutiny by regulators in South Korea, the United States and several other countries.
A really infected a battle going on in the smartphone industry between giant Apple and its chippleverantör Qualcomm.It began in January, when Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, where they require almost a billion dollars in damages because they believe that chipptillverkaren take out the "exorbitant" licensing fees for its mobile technology.In its licensing model based Qualcomm from the final sale price of a unit, which allows manufacturers who sell more expensive phones may pay more than those who produce cheaper handsets, says Apple.Qualcomm claims that the Iphone manufacturer is using its enormous power to push down the cost of licences and that they have broken the agreement and are spreading incorrect information.Now to take this battle a new turn when Qualcomm is suing four of Apple's subcontractors to also these, following a request from Apple, should have refused to pay license fees.The four suppliers is Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal.
A really infected a battle going on in the smartphone industry between giant Apple and its chippleverantör Qualcomm.It began in January, when Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, where they require almost a billion dollars in damages because they believe that chipptillverkaren take out the "exorbitant" licensing fees for its mobile technology.In its licensing model based Qualcomm from the final sale price of a unit, which allows manufacturers who sell more expensive phones may pay more than those who produce cheaper handsets, says Apple.Qualcomm claims that the Iphone manufacturer is using its enormous power to push down the cost of licences and that they have broken the agreement and are spreading incorrect information.Now to take this battle a new turn when Qualcomm is suing four of Apple's subcontractors to also these, following a request from Apple, should have refused to pay license fees.The four suppliers is Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal.
p Qualcomm’s battle with Apple is heating up as the chip company hauls assemblers of the iPhone into a US court on claims they are failing to pay patent royalties.Four Asian contract manufacturers, including Foxconn Technology Group and Pegatron, aren’t complying with obligations to pay for the use of patented technology, according to a complaint Qualcomm said it filed in federal court in San Diego.The other two companies sued are Wistron Corp. and Compal Electronics Inc.Unlike other smartphone companies, Apple doesn’t have a direct license with Qualcomm and instead pays contractors to make its devices, parts of which are used to cover royalties such as those owed under agreements struck before the first iPhone appeared.The chipmaker blamed Apple for dragging its contract manufacturers into the dispute, saying the decision not to give them money for royalties had stopped them from paying Qualcomm, according to the complaint.“Their gripe, their issue, appears to be with Apple,” said Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg.
p After Apple stopped the flow of cash into the Qualcomm pockets, the chip maker seems to be trying to fall out with everyone else too as it drags another four organizations into the courtroom.The latest chapter in its ongoing battle with Apple is to take its contract manufacturer’s to court to demand the payment of royalties for using its designs in iPhones.Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics will all find themselves in the courts primarily because they have been caught in the middle of an argument between mummy and daddy.Apple has forbid its contractors from paying Qualcomm it a clever and underhanded move which is unique to the iPhone supply chain.Other smartphone manufacturers has direct relationships with Qualcomm, but Apple has put its contractors in the middle.Apple seems happy to throw its contractors into the line of, as long as it can supply the cult-like army of iLifers with an expensive phone which is driven by the perception of a desirable brand, as opposed to any technological superiority.
p Qualcomm is escalating its patent dispute with Apple by suing the contractors that build iPhones for the Cupertino-based company.Filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, the lawsuit accuses Compal Electronics, Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron of breaching patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads.Apple originally sued Qualcomm for $1 billion, saying that the mobile chip maker had been dramatically overcharging it for the use of basic patents.Qualcomm hit back with a countersuit, claiming among other things, that Apple deliberately hindering the performance of Qualcomm chips in certain iPhone 7 models to make Intel chips look better and that it encouraged regulatory attacks on Qualcomm's business.Apple doesn't have a patent license directly with Qualcomm, relying instead on licenses held by the contract manufacturers, whom Apple reimburses.However, in an aggressive move, last month the iPhone maker reportedly instructed its manufacturing partners to stop paying royalties to Qualcomm, as it wasn’t going to reimburse them anymore until a court determines how much it actually owes.
p Files complaint over claims contract makers withholding license paymentsQualcomm is suing Chinese iPhone and iPad contract makers it says have stopped paying it royalties at the behest of Apple.A complaint [PDF], filed today in the Southern District of California, has demanded that Foxconn and four other Apple suppliers make license payments in line with their contracts, as well as coughing up damages and "declaratory relief".The chip maker stated in the complaint that since the start of 2017 "Apple has interfered with Defendants' long-standing payment obligations to Qualcomm."Specifically, Apple has withheld substantial payments from Defendants that it owes for Qualcomm royalties and has directed Defendants not to make corresponding royalty payments to Qualcomm."The five companies named in the filing are Compal Electronics, FIH Mobile Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, Pegatron Corporation and Wistron Corporation.
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