Qualcomm has sued Apple, alleging that it violated a software license contract to benefit rival chipmaker Intel Corp for making broadband modems, the latest salvo in the longstanding dispute between Qualcomm and Apple.
Apple's fight with Qualcomm isn't cooling off anytime soon.
The latest lawsuit, which was filed in California state court, comes days after Bloomberg had reported that Apple is designing the latest iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm parts. Qualcomm reckons that Apple used this access to help Intel in its quest to compete in the LTE modem market. In the filing, Qualcomm reportedly accuses Apple of abusing its commercial leverage to access and then unlawfully using sensitive intellectual property.
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The contract Apple allegedly broke surrounds software created to make Qualcomm chips work with other iPhone components, Bloomberg first reported.
Apple sued Qualcomm in January 2017 for almost $1 billion, claiming that Qualcomm had "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with".
Qualcomm countersued Apple back in April for an alleged breach of contract.
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We asked Qualcomm for a statement, but the company declined to comment on the speculation that Apple may stop using its chips.
As things now stand, Apple utilizes chips from Qualcomm and Intel, so suitable terms must be agreed before they can continue with their mutually beneficial collaboration.
According to law firm, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann, which serves as lead counsel for the lawsuit, "Qualcomm's clear-cut anti-competitive practices dealt a swift and severe blow to the value of the company's shares, causing Qualcomm's stock price to plummet 33 percent during the class period, erasing over $32 billion in shareholder value".
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