EU: EU antitrust watchdog considering Apple probe: Vestager

EU: EU antitrust watchdog considering Apple probe: Vestager

The European Union’s competition watchdog is considering opening a probe of Apple over allegations that it uses its app store to gain an advantage on its own services over rivals’, the authority’s chief said on Thursday. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, told German newspaper Tagesspiegel her watchdog would examine if there were parallels with Google, which […]

US: Jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents

US: Jury finds Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents

On Friday, March 15, Qualcomm won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about US$31 million for infringing three of its patents, reported the New York Times. Qualcomm last year sued Apple alleging it had violated patents related to helping mobile […]

US: Spotify and Apple trade responses

US: Spotify and Apple trade responses

On Wednesday, March 13, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Union, alleging that Apple uses unfair practices in the App Store. Specifically, Spotify is upset at the 30% that Apple charges developers for subscriptions, and it claims that it’s designed to give Apple Music an unfair advantage in the marketplace. Apple pushed back on […]

EU: Spotify files antitrust complaint against Apple

EU: Spotify files antitrust complaint against Apple

According to a reporte from Reuters, Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service. Spotify, which launched a year after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, said on Wednesday that Apple’s control of its App store deprived consumers […]

US: Qualcomm launches patent challenge to Apple ahead of antitrust case

US: Qualcomm launches patent challenge to Apple ahead of antitrust case

On Monday, March 4, Qualcomm kicked off a patent challenge to Apple, capping off a two-year legal strategy to put pressure on the iPhone maker before a major antitrust lawsuit between the two goes to trial in April. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest maker of mobile chips, alleges in federal court in San Diego that Apple […]

US: Apple, Qualcomm patent dispute goes to court in April

US: Apple, Qualcomm patent dispute goes to court in April

Attorneys sparred in federal court Friday, January 25, over whether a judge should find Qualcomm’s patent license offer to Apple was fair, reported Courthouse News. The patent litigation between Apple and Qualcomm heads toward trial this spring.   Apple sued Qualcomm in the Southern District of California in 2017 over claims Qualcomm’s monopoly on chipset […]

South Korea: Regulator says Apple is exploiting wireless carriers

South Korea: Regulator says Apple is exploiting wireless carriers

Apple is taking advantage of South Korean carriers by collecting money for ads, the country’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) stated during a hearing on the iPhone maker’s business practices. “Apple’s [superior] position in business dealing with local telecom firms is recognized based on economic analysis. [Apple] collecting advertising funds are merely additional ways of exploiting […]

US: Patent office to enter Qualcomm fight

US: Patent office to enter Qualcomm fight

The US Federal Trade Commission has agreed with Apple’s view of Qualcomm licensing practices, and a trial over the government’s antitrust case is in its second week in San Jose, California, reported Bloomberg. The US Patent and Trademark Office has decided to wade into a global licensing battle between Apple and Qualcomm, with billions of […]

Switzerland: COMCO agrees with Apple about a TWINT-friendly solution

Switzerland: COMCO agrees with Apple about a TWINT-friendly solution

  The automatic launch of Apple Pay at POS (point of sale) terminals can interfere with payments made by the TWINT application. Following the intervention of the COMCO Secretariat, Apple is committed to offering a pro-competitive technical solution. Apple offered with Apple Pay a mobile payment solution for its devices, in particular the iPhone and […]