Early on Jan. 9, Beijing Time, Apple CEO Tim Cook attacked Qualcomm in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, suggesting that it is almost impossible for the two companies to reach a settlement amid ongoing legal disputes.
“The problem between us and Qualcomm is that their policies are not licensed. We think it’s illegal.” Second, they have an obligation to provide a patent portfolio on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis. But they didn’t. They charged too much.
The two companies have been fighting litigation for years. Apple accused Qualcomm of unfair patent licensing practices. Qualcomm accused Apple of infringing patents and has applied for an iPhone sales ban in China and Germany.
Cook also questioned the marketing strategy adopted by Qualcomm. The New York Times reported last November that Qualcomm hired Definers Public Affairs to write and disseminate false information about Apple in order to confuse media coverage.
“Companies should not pay people to write false news and publicize it,” Cook said. Things shouldn’t work that way.”
Qualcomm and its CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, have repeatedly said that the company wants an out-of-court settlement with Apple. But news from Apple seems to deny that possibility.
“We haven’t had any reconciliation with them since the third quarter of last year,” Cook said Tuesday. So I’m not sure where that idea came from.
Cook also responded to Apple’s critics Tuesday by saying that Apple’s ecosystem has never been so powerful.