Qualcomm Inc. added yet another layer to its ongoing legal battle with Apple Inc. (in the San Diego courts) by accusing the iPhone maker of stealing software and tools to help improve chips from rival Intel Corp.
Qualcomm’s assertions are the latest wrinkle in more than 70 suits and counter suits (yes, that is correct) between the two spanning the globe. Apple started the legal fight by accusing its former supplier of illegally using dominance of the market for phone processors and modems to force it to pay unfair technology licensing fees. Qualcomm has responded by saying Apple is stealing its intellectual property and the legal assault is really a commercial dispute aimed at securing lower prices to increase profitability.
“Apple has engaged in a years-long campaign of false promises, stealth, and subterfuge designed to steal Qualcomm’s confidential information and trade secrets for the purpose of improving the performance and accelerating the time to market of lower-quality modem chips, including those developed by Intel,” Qualcomm said in a court filing Tuesday. “Apple used that stolen technology to divert Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel.”
“Qualcomm’s illegal business practices are harming Apple and the entire industry. They supply us with a single connectivity component, but for years have been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products – effectively taxing Apple’s innovation,” Apple said previously. “We believe deeply in the value of intellectual property but we shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with. We’ve always been willing to pay a fair rate for standard technology used in our products and since they’ve refused to negotiate reasonable terms we’re asking the courts for help.”
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More on the case:
Qualcomm Says Apple Stole Software to Improve Intel Chips