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With new iPhones using Intel Modems, Qualcomm Lashes out at Apple for stealing their trade secrets in a new Legal Filing

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In July 2017 Intel Filed a statement with ITC claiming Qualcomm is trying to Force them out of the Modem Business with Apple. Then in November 2017 Qualcomm sued Apple for allegedly providing Intel with Qualcomm source code to assist Intel's Future modems for iDevices. Last week we reported that the Qualcomm vs. Apple patent infringement case in Germany didn't appear to be going Qualcomm's way. Today Qualcomm is back at it again ranting about Apple allegedly stealing their trade secrets and passing them along to Intel with the goal of improving Intel's chips so Apple could replace Qualcomm's chips. Of course Apple's new iPhones use Intel modems and Qualcomm is losing a massive contract. So why not rant to make their shareholders happy.

 

It's being reported today that Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint that was originally filed in November as we noted earlier. Qualcomm went futher than the original complaint by alleging Apple stole Qualcomm trade secrets in 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."

 

Intel is not named as a defendant in Qualcomm's lawsuit.

 

Today Qualcomm alleged that, since the start of its lawsuit in November, it has discovered evidence that Apple engineers "repeatedly" used Qualcomm software to help Intel's engineers to "improve the sub-par performance of Intel's chipsets.

 

Qualcomm in its filing with the court asked Judge Jacqueline M. Stern to allow it to attach the new allegations to its existing complaint rather than force it to file a new lawsuit. For more on this read the full Reuters report here.

 

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