Qualcomm recently held Apple guilty of charges for stealing its trade secrets and there by giving it to Intel Corp. This forgery in turn would improve Intel’s chips so that Apple could replace Qualcomm’s chips, designated as the latest move in a drawn-out legal dispute.
Qualcomm made these accusations in a motion to amend a complaint that was originally filed in November, Initially, it had alleged that Apple had broken a software license contract by sharing confidential details about Qualcomm’s chips with Intel engineers. As seen by Reuters, the recent allegations were made in a planned legal filing.
Qualcomm has gone further than the original complaint by alleging that Apple stole Qualcomm trade secrets in a “multi-year campaign of sloppy, inappropriate and deceitful conduct … for the purpose of improving lower-quality modem chipsets, including those manufactured by Intel, a competitor of Qualcomm, to render such chipsets useable in Apple devices with the ultimate goal of diverting Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel.” Intel is however not named as a defendant in Qualcomm’s lawsuit.
The San Diego County lawsuit is unfolding amid a wide-ranging legal dispute in which Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair patent licensing practices. In return, Qualcomm, the world’s largest mobile phone chipmaker, accused Apple of patent infringement.
Qualcomm provided modem chips for the iPhone, which helped the device connect to wireless data networks. Starting with the iPhone 7, Apple began using Intel modem chips in some of its models.
Qualcomm has told investors in July that it believes its modem chips to have been completely removed from the newest generation of iPhones, which were released earlier this month, leaving Intel as the sole supplier.
However,during the years when Apple used Qualcomm modems, Qualcomm provided Apple access to its confidential software tools to help Apple integrate the modems into the iPhone, Qualcomm’s suit alleges. Qualcomm further alleged that, since the start of its lawsuit in November, it has discovered evidence that Apple engineers “repeatedly” used Qualcomm software to help Intel’s engineers to “improve the sub-par performance of Intel’s chipsets.”
The filing by Qualcomm read that, “In fact, it apparently improved Intel chipsets to the point where Apple decided to divert some of Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel”. In fact in the filing, Qualcomm asked Judge Jacqueline M. Stern to allow it to attach the new allegations to its existing complaint rather than forcing it to file a new lawsuit.