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Qualcomm countersues Apple, denies each and every allegation

By Ciara Alarcon - on 11 Apr 2017, 4:32pm

Qualcomm countersues Apple, denies each and every allegation

Qualcomm fired back at Apple’s lawsuit in January, and cited its answers and counterclaims. According to The Verge, the full details of the suit can be read in a 139-page document (PDF) released by the chipmaker.

The company has five key complaints, including the allegation that Apple chose not to utilize certain high-performance features of the Qualcomm chipsets for the iPhone 7, and when Qualcomm iPhones supposedly outperformed Intel iPhones, Apple falsely claimed that there was no discernible difference between the two variants.

According to CNET, Qualcomm claimed that Apple threatened it to not make public comparisons about the superior performance of Qualcomm-powered iPhones.

“Apple’s goal is clear – to leverage its immense power to force Qualcomm into accepting less than fair value for the patented technologies that have led innovation in cellular technology and helped Apple generate more than USD 760 billion in iPhone sales,” Qualcomm claimed in its filing.

Also, Qualcomm accused Apple of breach of contract, and interfering with agreements and relationships the chipmaker has with contract manufacturers.

Aside from these, the chipmaker admitted that Apple hurt them by deliberately making false statements to government agencies about their licensing practices and chipset business.

Apple filed its lawsuit against Qualcomm after the Federal Trade Commission filed its own legal action against the chipmaker in January. 

Source: CNET, The Verge