In a world where Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm seem to be the only companies we report on, here’s yet another story about the ongoing battle between Qualcomm and Apple.
In a California lawsuit last week, Qualcomm alleged Apple failed to comply with the terms of a software licensing contract and shared proprietary code with rival Intel. According to the lawsuit, Apple broke a contract when it emailed Qualcomm asking for “highly confidential” information about how its chips work in devices that run an unnamed carrier’s network. An Intel engineer was allegedly copied on the email, according to Bloomberg, which was the first to report on the lawsuit.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Apple has been looking to eschew Qualcomm’s chips in its iPhones and iPads, perhaps ditching Qualcomm’s products entirely. That decision has yet to be finalized, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In July, Qualcomm asked U.S. trade authorities to block imports of some iPhones and iPads, escalating a massive battle over patent royalties that began in January. The chipmaker filed a suit with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) accusing Apple of illegally importing and selling iPhones “that infringe one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents covering key technologies that enable important features and functions in iPhones.” The company also filed a second complaint asking the ITC to halt Apple’s importations of phones and tablets that don’t include Qualcomm’s components.