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Tech & Science Apple, Intel file antitrust case against SoftBank-backed firm over patent practices

05:25  21 november  2019
05:25  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Apple and Intel on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against SoftBank -owned Fortress Investment Group, alleging the firm stockpiled patents to hold up technology companies with lawsuits demanding as much as .1 billion from Apple . The suit follows an earlier case filed by Intel against

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (O: AAPL ) and Intel Corp (O:INTC) on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, alleging the SoftBank Group Corp (T:9984) unit stockpiled patents to The suit follows an earlier case that Intel filed against Fortress in October.

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By Stephen Nellis

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Intel Corp on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against SoftBank Group Corp-owned <9984.T> Fortress Investment Group, alleging the firm stockpiled patents to hold up technology companies with lawsuits demanding as much as $5.1 billion from Apple.

The suit follows an earlier case filed by Intel against Fortress in October. Intel withdrew that suit and on Wednesday filed a new version in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with Apple also joining as a plaintiff.

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Apple Inc and Intel Corp on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, alleging the SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T> unit stockpiled patents to hold up tech firms with lawsuits demanding as much The lawsuit follows an earlier case that Intel filed against Fortress in October.

Apple Inc and Intel Corp on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, alleging the SoftBank Group Intel and Apple allege that Fortress and firms it either owned or whose patent portfolios it effectively controlled - and which do not make any technology products - stockpiled

In the filing on Wednesday, Apple said that a group of firms connected to Fortress had filed at least 25 lawsuits against the iPhone maker, asking for between $2.6 billion and $5.1 billion in damages from the iPhone maker. One of the suits, Apple wrote in its filing, alleged that Apple violated a step-counting patent in its devices with health-tracking apps.

Two Fortress-connected firms, Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg, "have disclosed that they believe they are entitled to damages of between $1.41 and $2.75 per Apple product, for total damages in the range of $375 to $732 million," Apple wrote in its complaint. "The apparent precision of the per-unit damages request is a facade; Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg simply adopted the amounts that Apple sought from Samsung in litigation for Apple's patents."

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Chipmaker Intel Corp has filed an antitrust lawsuit against a SoftBank Group Corp-owned investment company alleging the firm stockpiled patents to SoftBank also owns Arm Holdings, a British chip firm whose technology is making inroads on key Intel markets such as personal computers and data

Apple Inc and Intel Corp on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, alleging the SoftBank Group Corp unit stockpiled In the filing on Wednesday, Apple said firms connected to Fortress had filed at least 25 lawsuits against the iPhone maker demanding .6 billion

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Intel said it could not comment beyond the court filing, and Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fortress did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But when Intel filed a similar lawsuit in October, a Fortress spokesman told Reuters the company was "confident in our business practices and our legal position and view this lawsuit as meritless."

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Sandra Maler and Christopher Cushing)

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