Qualcomm sues Apple AGAIN in new row over chip code

Posted November 03, 2017

First, Qualcomm says its agreement with Apple required the latter company to avoid making such information accessible to engineers working on Intel products.

Qualcomm's legal spat with Apple is growing nastier; the chip giant now claims Apple tried to give rival Intel a sneak peek into Qualcomm's trade secrets.

These are but new chapters in a long series of unfortunate events. Apple's move comes amid a dispute over the iPhone maker's access to the San Diego-based company's proprietary technology, according to people familiar with the matter. It's hard not to see the suit as a last-ditch attempt by Qualcomm to recoup potential future losses if Apple decides to use other competitor's chipsets in upcoming iOS devices.

For all the animosity, though, Qualcomm sounds nearly ready to make amends in its statement to The Wall Street Journal, which was in response to the question of whether Apple was redesigning its phones specifically because Qualcomm didn't send the testing software.

Qualcomm said its "modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple". Apple is being sued for breach of a contract that governs the use of software needed to make chips work with other parts of mobile phones and communicate with networks.

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In Qualcomm's earnings report yesterday, the chipmaker revealed that full-year QTL segment sales had fallen 16% due to Apple and another unnamed licensee withholding royalty payments.

Qualcomm has raised the stakes in its ongoing legal battle with Apple by filing a new lawsuit with potentially enormous ramifications. We also contacted Apple, but did not receive a response.