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Who's the greedier contestant in this big fight over smartphone patents: Apple or Qualcomm?

Who's the greedier contestant in this big fight over smartphone patents: Apple or Qualcomm?

You can choose to view Qualcomm as a little guy being picked on by bullies.

In just the last 10 months, after all, the San Diego semiconductor company has been fined $853 million by South Korean antitrust regulators, sued by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly monopolizing a key cellphone technology, and sued for $1 billion by Apple, its largest customer, for allegedly squeezing excessive royalties out of its aging patents.

Or you can choose to view Qualcomm...

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