Qualcomm sues Apple over software licensing, sharing code with Intel

Herbert Rhodes
November 3, 2017

The folks over at Bloomberg spotted the new lawsuit filing, which claims that Apple may have used its "unprecedented access" to Qualcomm code in order to help Intel develop a competing chip. According to Qualcomm, Apple representatives in July requested "highly confidential" information about how the units work with an unidentified wireless carrier's network.

Qualcomm claim that Apple hasn't protected their software sufficiently, which they legally agreed to, and say Apple aren't allowing for a proper audit to review how the iPhone handles their software.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Qualcomm's lawsuit follows hot on the heels of a report that Apple is considering to drop its modems entirely.

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'. Back in January, Apple sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in rebates because it complied with Korean regulators investigating Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm's Q4 2017 operating income has dropped by 82 percent compared to Q4 previous year as a result of royalty and licensing disputes with Apple and other licensees.

The contract Apple allegedly broke surrounds software created to make Qualcomm chips work with other iPhone components, Bloomberg first reported.

If Qualcomm loses that business, it would cut the company's revenue by about 7.5 percent, Raymond James & Associates estimates. But the escalating legal action is taking a toll on Qualcomm's financial performance-a 90 percent year-over-year drop in quarterly profit, the company CEO said on Wednesday. One of the most recent legal developments is between Qualcomm and Apple, where another lawsuit has surfaced as part of an ongoing fight between the two.

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