Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:41

Qualcomm accuses Apple of giving trade secrets to Intel

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Chip maker Qualcomm has fired a broadside against Apple, accusing the latter of "a campaign of false promises, stealth and subterfuge” in the long-running patent-infringement battle between the two firms.

In a filing made in a California court, and reported by Axios, Qualcomm said, “it is now apparent Apple engaged in a years-long campaign of false promises, stealth and subterfuge designed to steal Qualcomm's confidential information and trade secrets for the purpose of improving the performance of lower-quality modem chipsets, with the ultimate goal of eliminating Qualcomm's Apple-based business.”

The two companies have been fighting each other in court for some time now, with the iPhone-maker now said to have moved away to using Intel chips.

From 2011 to 2016, Apple used only Qualcomm chips; it then started using a mix from both Intel and Qualcomm.

In its filing, Qualcomm claimed it had allowed Apple access to its software and tools but had placed limits on how the knowledge it acquired could be used.

But, Qualcomm alleges, Apple used the knowledge it gained to advise Intel how to improve its chips.

The filing was made in a bid to change the breach of contract suit it has against Apple.

Apple and Qualcomm have been on the warpath since January last year when Apple filed a suit against Qualcomm in the US, followed by two cases in China the same month. Two months later it filed a case in the UK.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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