If you wondered whether the long-running battle between Apple and Qualcomm would continue to grow in intensity or be silent, it seems that we now have an answer.
Qualcomm has dramatically increased the ante in the latest legal indictment, now accusing Apple of stealing the source code and giving it – and other trade secrets – to chip manufacturer Intel …
CNBC reports the news with a pun, even if I would hesitate to use it.
Qualcomm has revealed explosive accusations against Apple for stealing "large parts" of its confidential information and trade secrets with the aim of improving the performance of chipsets supplied by Qualcomm competitor Intel, according to an application to the Superior Court of California.
The allegations are contained in a complaint that Qualcomm hopes the court will change the existing lawsuit against Apple for breach of the so-called master software agreement signed by Apple when it became a Qualcomm's customer earlier this decade.
Qualcomm has previously accused Apple of violating an agreement to allow the chip maker to monitor Apple's use of its source code and other trade secrets. But the company now goes much further and suggests that Apple could only switch from Qualcomm to Intel radio chips using Qualcomm code to improve the performance of Intel's lower quality chips.
Although the discovery is underway, it is clear that Apple's behavior went far beyond simply violating the contract that was initially summoned. Indeed, it is now clear that Apple has been dealing with a long-standing set of false promises, stealth and excuses designed to steal Qualcomm's confidential information and trade secrets with the aim of improving the performance of lesser quality modem gamesets, with the ultimate goal eliminating the Qualcomm-based Apple company.
The chipmaker said that Apple had access to confidential material with the strict agreement that it could only be used with regard to Qualcomm chips.
Qualcomm sees this as a new and much more serious claim against Apple.
Qualcomm's general adviser, Donald Rosenberg, told CNBC that this case would stand alone and would have been filed, regardless of the ongoing dispute between the two companies.
"Unlawful use of Qualcomm's valuable trade secrets to try and overtake a competitor will irreparably damage us and may not be continued," he said.
It is believed that this year's iPhones only use Intel radio chips, while only older models still use Qualcomm chips. There have been reports of poor Wi-Fi and LTE performance from some iPhone XS models, despite the fact that they offer faster uploads and downloads, reportedly due to "antenna enhancement problems."
Qualcomm may need additional accusations against Apple after an obvious & # 39; tactical error & # 39; in his approach to the test.