Qualcomm Says Apple Stole Trade Secrets

Qualcomm, the US chipmaker, has slammed Apple with new accusations. It said that the Cupertino tech company stole trade secrets and passed them on to Intel, the rival chipmaker of the firm.

Qualcomm says that Apple is trying to groom Intel for its future chip deals for the tech giant’s flagship iPad and iPhone products. Qualcomm served as the supplier for the chips for the iPhone up until the iPhone 7, at which point Apple started to use Intel chips for some of its models.

The accusation was made in a soon to be published motion to change a complaint that was made last November 2017, in which Qualcomm said that Apple had breached a contract with the chipmaker by giving out some confidential information regarding its technology with employees of Intel.

The revisions add to the initial complaint of Qualcomm that said that Apple carried out something about a “multi-year campaign of sloppy, inappropriate and deceitful conduct … for the purpose of improving lower-quality modem chipsets, including those manufactured by Intel, a competitor of Qualcomm, to render such chipsets useable in Apple devices with the ultimate goal of diverting Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel.”

In a statement that was released last month, the iPhone maker denied all the accusations made by the chipmaker. It said that Qualcomm had refused to identify the confidential information that Apple had supposedly shared with Intel. Also, the Apple said that it has asked Qualcomm to verify the proper use of its software by Apple, to which it did not respond.

A representative for Apple was not immediately available to respond to requests for comment, while Intel refused to release a comment regarding the matter.

The news is part of a wide-ranging lawsuit that was filed in California, in which Apple also alleged Qualcomm of unfair licensing practices.