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updated 06:40 PM EST 12.11.12
Qualcomm attacks Apple, calls FRAND negotiations 'sham' [u]
(Updated with news of Qualcomm's retraction) In response to some questions posed by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), wireless baseband supplier Qualcomm has torn into Apple in a court filing, saying that apple "should be embarassed" at the length and depth of the iPad makers' patent infringement. The move is curious, as Apple has been Qualcomm's largest customer for three years. Qualcomm and other stakeholders were encouraged, not required, to comment on a few questions the ITC commission posed in an Apple versus Samsung complaint. Submitters were asked to remark on the availability of injunctive relief over standards-essential patents, and the criteria for a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalty rate.