Back in May, the FTC won its antitrust suit against Qualcomm, but Qualcomm unsurprisingly appealed the ruling. Today, the FTC has objected to Qualcomm attempting to introduce internal Apple documents as part of its efforts to appeal that antitrust ruling.
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As reported by Reuters Qualcomm on Tuesday submitted internal Apple documents to US District Judge Lucy Koh. Apple has outlined ways to pressure and "hurt" Qualcomm:
On Tuesday, Qualcomm submitted them to the U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh opposed a sweeping ruling that would alter her business model as she pursues an appeal. In the slides from internal Apple presentations, the iPhone maker outlined goals to "Create Leverage by Building Pressure" and "Hurt Qualcomm Financially."
Qualcomm originally used the documents during its Apple legal battle with Apple earlier this year. Apple and Qualcomm came to a surprise settlement in that case, but the chipmaker continued to fight the antitrust ruling handed down by Judge Koh last month.
The slides were part of Qualcomm's opening arguments from the Apple trial, in which the company outlined what its attorneys described as a targeted campaign by Apple to attack Qualcomm's patent licensing model. In them, Apple discussed how to "devalue" the kind of patents held by Qualcomm and "Reduce Apple's Net Royalty to Qualcomm."
The Federal Trade Commission objected to Qualcomm's use of the slides, calling the submission of the slides " , unfair, and prejudicial. "The FTC also argued that it did not have a formal chance to object to the slides, saying that if it was given such a chance, a witness from Apple could have testified to" the document's context and purpose and "
As part of the ruling last month, Qualcomm was ordered to renegotiate its existing licensing terms so that its supply of modem chips is completely separate from any patent licensing agreement. Qualcomm is seeking a stay of that ruling, and was hoping to use the slides from Apple as evidence. Judge Koh must now accept the documents if she sees fit
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