Qualcomm countersues Apple over modem chip performance

The Apple versus Qualcomm legal battle has entered the next phase with the chip maker filing a counterclaim in which it accused the iPhone maker of having breached contract norms. It denied blocking Apple's capability to use rivals products, and said Apple had interfered with its business relationships with companies that manufacture the iPhone and other Smartphone's.

Qualcomm has countersued Apple, striking out at what it says are Apple's alleged efforts to undermine and devalue its contribution to the technologies that power the iPhone. One sought unpaid royalties that Apple claimed is owed to it by the chipmaker.

The semiconductor company also said that Apple rejected a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory offer that it made in July previous year.

Qualcomm exec veep and general counsel Don Rosenberg raged, in a statement: "Apple could not have built the incredible iPhone franchise that has made it the most profitable company in the world, capturing over 90 per cent of smartphone profits, without relying upon Qualcomm's fundamental cellular technologies". Those who are interested in learning about all the details about the trial can read it in a 139-page document released by Qualcomm.

Aside from that, the final interesting piece of information to come out of Qualcomm's countersuit is the claim that Apple falsely claims that there was "no discernable difference" between LTE chips provided by Qualcomm and those provided by Intel.

Where did this all begin?

Apple also says Qualcomm is withholding almost $1 billion it owes Apple in retaliation for its cooperation with anti-monopoly regulators investigating Qualcomm.

According to Qualcomm, "Apple achieved its success without contributing much, if anything, to the innovations at the heart of cellular communications". Firing back, the chipmaker is now seeking "significant" damages from Apple. Not just Apple regulators in South Korea, where Samsung Electronics is based, have stamped an nearly $1 billion fine against Qualcomm in a similar case. Last December, Qualcomm was hit with a $850 million fine in South Korea, following what was a three-year-long investigation. "If Apple had a guiding principle it's that they want to make sure customers were having a consistent performance". One from the US Federal Trade Commission and another from Apple itself.

As you might recall, the Verizon and Sprint versions of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus employ Qualcomm's X12 modem.

Apple now uses Qualcomm's modems for SIM unlocked devices and US CDMA carriers, while Intel handles that in the US GSM models.

After filing its lawsuit with the District Court in Southern California, a Qualcomm spokesman said that Apple continuously attempted to prevent the chip manufacturer from drawing comparison between the Qualcomm-powered iPhones and its superior operating power. This contract related to a high-speed feature of Qualcomm's chips.

"We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and.we have no choice left but to turn to the courts", the iPhone maker said in January.

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