China: Apple wins iPhone patent case

China: Apple wins iPhone patent case

A Chinese court has ruled in favour of Apple over a design patent dispute with a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling US tech giant’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in China. In May last year, a Beijing patent regulator ordered Apple’s Chinese subsidiary and a local retailer Zoomflight to stop selling […]

Will antitrust regulators please stand up — Apple’s free pass

Will antitrust regulators please stand up — Apple’s free pass By Nicolas Petit Last week, Russia’s competition authority said that Apple colluded with resellers to fix the price of its iPhone. This unprecedented decision closes a long period of antitrust leniency towards the giant iPhone maker. And it also puts front and center the question of Apple’s industry […]

Russia: “Apple guilty of price-fixing”

Russia: “Apple guilty of price-fixing”

Apple has been found guilty of fixing the price of iPhones in Russia for several years. Russia’s antitrust regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service, said on Tuesday that Apple’s local subsidiary coordinated the price at which businesses were allowed to sell its phones. If sellers tried to discount an iPhone, Apple would email them and ask […]

UK: Apple adds new suit against Qualcomm

UK: Apple adds new suit against Qualcomm

This Thursday Apple filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm in the UK. This further escalating the legal row between the two tech firms over patent royalties and chip deals. The new case mentions a claim on patents and registered designs, but court documents don’t offer any further details, Bloomberg reported. This includes which patents are […]

Australia: Apple’s fight with big banks gets nastier

Australia: Apple’s fight with big banks gets nastier

Apple intensified an ongoing row with a number of large Australian banks over the use of iPhone NFC controllers for payments. On monday they made a fresh round of accusations, ahead of the regulators’ final judgement in March. The US company on Monday filed a fresh sumbission with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission accusing […]

Australia: Apple “Banks use digital wallets as a revenue source”

Australia: Apple “Banks use digital wallets as a revenue source”

Three of the big four banks are pushing to pass the costs of Apple Pay on to their customers as a way to “condition the market” into paying extra fees claimed Apple last week. Apple argues that banks want to pass through to their customers the fee that Apple will require them to pay to […]

EU: Apple missed deadline to pay €13 billion in Irish back taxes

EU: Apple missed deadline to pay €13 billion in Irish back taxes

Last August, the European Commission closed a three-year investigation of Apple’s tax affairs with an order to the Irish government that it should recover about €13 billion in taxes that it believed Apple had underpaid over the last decade. Ireland has missed the deadline for recovering the billions, but Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who gave […]

China: Apple sues Qualcomm in Beijing seeking 1 billion yuan

China: Apple sues Qualcomm in Beijing seeking 1 billion yuan

Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing, alleging the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday. Apple also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm which accused it of failing to live up to promises made […]

Canada: Competition watchdog settles ebook case

Canada: Competition watchdog settles ebook case

The Canadian Competition Bureau said Apple, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster have entered into consent agreements, resolving the bureau’s competition concerns for the ebooks market. As a result, Canadian retailers including Amazon and Kobo will be able to offer discounts on ebooks by these publishers. The announcement follows two years of litigation. As no […]

US: Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

US: Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm on Friday, days after the US government accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones. Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics for “modem” chips that connect phones to wireless networks. […]