Qualcomm has accused Apple of stealing trade secrets and transferring them to Intel, a complaint to the claim of Superior Court of California, in which Apple claims to use the information to improve the performance of chips offered to them via Intel.
The latest activity in the long-running legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm has directly accused the chip manufacturer Apple of acquiring "large parts" of confidential information, reports CNBC. Filed on Monday, Qualcomm intends to include the allegations in an existing lawsuit against Apple if the court allows a change to the lawsuit.
According to the complaint, Apple violated the "master software agreement" that it had signed in the last ten years when it became a Qualcomm customer. As part of the agreement, Apple had to allow Qualcomm to ensure that the source code and resources were appropriately protected, but this would not have been the case.
While previously Qualcomm argued that it was impossible to control Apple's use of source code produced by Qualcomm, it is now alleged that Apple uses the same code and tools with Intel to address technical shortcomings in the chips against the terms of the agreement.
The discovery was discovered during the last lawsuit, which began in November 2017, which said that Apple technicians repeatedly provide the code and other confidential information under the agreement to Intel's counterparts. Although no direct evidence is offered, there are references to communication between the two sets of engineers that suggest that such sharing took place.
"Unlawful use of Qualcomm's valuable trade secrets to try and overtake a competitor will irreparably damage us and may not be continued," advised Qualcomm General Counsel Donald Rosenberg. According to Rosenberg, the case can stand alone and would have been filed, regardless of the status of the current dispute.
Apple still has to respond to the accusations.
Qualcomm hopes that the new indictment will be included in the lawsuit, which is expected to go to court by April 2019.
Qualcomm and Apple have been attacking each other for a number of years, mostly on charges of patent infringement, as with the complaint of the American International Trade Commission that recently refused an import ban on an iPhone.
Apple also accuses Qualcomm of misusing its "monopolistic power" in the wireless modem industry to demand excessive royalties, including withholding nearly $ 1 billion of promised discounts as retaliation for Apple's participation in a South – Korean antitrust investigation against the chip producer.