Qualcomm has no power when it comes to negotiating license agreements, a company manager said on Friday. Instead, handset makers have the potential to achieve conditions they consider to be more favorable, he said.
Fabian Gonel, senior vice president of licensing strategy and legal advisor to Qualcomm's licensing business, said on Friday in court that Samsung, Sony Mobile and others have reached agreements with Qualcomm that differ from their normal pacts. He noted that Qualcomm did not stop giving them chips while the license agreements were being challenged and added that there is no part of Qualcomm's license agreements that can not be negotiated.
"We had a provision that had to refer to compliance with the export rules [that was] considered to be untouchable," said Gonel. "But at some point someone wanted to touch it and it was an easy touch."
Gonell's testimonies on Friday shed some light on Qualcomm's licensing practices. He tried to counteract Apple's statements and others that they felt they had no choice but to accept license terms they did not like in order not to lose access to the Qualcomm chips.