Apple Inc.’s war with Qualcomm Inc. over its lucrative use of patents has spilled into a U.K. court. But Qualcomm says their legal fight should stay firmly across the Atlantic.
Qualcomm asked Judge Paul Morgan on Tuesday to declare the British court has no right to determine whether it breached competition laws because the matter will effectively be settled in California, where Apple has been battling the chipmaker since May 2017. Qualcomm says Apple’s complaints have no relevant connection with England and Wales.
The central issues of the dispute -- including Qualcomm’s licensing practices and chipset supply arrangements -- “are already the subject of the proceedings in the Southern District of California,” the San Diego-based company said in its court filings. “The similarities with Apple’s allegations in this English action are obvious,” it argued.
Apple says England is the proper place for its complaint, as the tech giant is seeking to recover alleged losses across the European Union. “The proceedings do not overlap with other litigation being pursued by Apple against Qualcomm in other jurisdictions,” lawyers for Apple said in its filing. The attorneys claimed Apple’s suit for damages in Europe cannot be resolved in the U.S. court.
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