New Qualcomm lawsuit claims Apple shared confidential code with Intel

Mandy Carr
November 3, 2017

Qualcomm Inc. has sued Apple Inc., accusing the iPhone maker of failing to abide by the terms of a software license and said it may have used its unprecedented access to that code to help Qualcomm-rival Intel Corp. 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.

In its complaint to the ITC, Qualcomm asked the body to ban 'iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm´s affiliates'.

Qualcomm sues Apple is a headline which isn't surprising for those who are familiar with a recent string of lawsuits between the two, which have collectively created considerable tension in and out of court.

The report claims that the final straw for Apple was when Qualcomm allegedly chose to withhold the software needed to test Qualcomm's own chips on Apple's prototype devices.

It's already attempted to in the past, as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus carried both Intel and Qualcomm chips, as did this year's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Qualcomm alleged that in July, Apple emailed Qualcomm to request "highly confidential" information about how its chips work on an unidentified wireless carrier's network.

Apple Inc is designing iPhones and iPads for 2018 that do not have Qualcomm Inc components as a dispute rages between the companies, according to a person familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported.

Qualcomm has raised the stakes in its ongoing legal battle with Apple by filing a new lawsuit with potentially enormous ramifications.

The chip maker's latest move takes the form of a lawsuit that was submitted to the California state court in San Diego on Wednesday and hit the news cycle this morning.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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