The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is getting bigger and moving to a more serious case. The two multinational company have filed charges against each other as both companies are accusing one another of violating some clause on their contract and destroying each one's reputation. How far will this conflict bring both companies?
Last January, Apple made the first move as they filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm for what said to be an unpaid fee refund. They also accused the chipmaker of violating contract policy practices with regards to design and patents. Two more suits were also filed by the Cupertino-based company in China and United Kingdom with same grounds.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm categorically denies all of Apple's accusation and called the suit as "baseless" charge. And now, the San Diego-based chipmaker gets back and countersued the iPhone maker for making their chipset look like a failure.
According to The Verge, Qualcomm recently filed a 139-page countersuing lawsuit against Apple in the Southern District of California. The chipmaker's counter affidavit states that the tech giant company purposely did not operate the full potential of their chipset in iPhone 7 making it appear that it is underperforming compared to the Intel modems.
Qualcomm also pronounced that Apple "chose not to utilize the high-performance of their chipset" prohibiting users to fully enjoy the chipmakers great innovation. They also accused the iPhone maker of threatening them and advise them not to tell the difference between Qualcomm and Intel iPhones.
Mac Rumors further added that Qualcomm also criticized Apple for not being honest, fair and reasonable throughout their negotiations. They also accused the Cupertino-based company of violating its licensing agreements, encouraging attacks on their company, lying about certain facts and falsely claiming that there was "no discernible difference" between the chipset of both companies.
Qualcomm also says that Apple hides from customers the truth about the discrepancy of the performance of their modems and of Intel's own. But before the tech giant company charge the chipmaker, the Federal Trade Commission already take a legal action to the latter with regards to the use of patents and paying royalties for technologies that were not utilized by the former.