The court battle between Qualcomm and Apple has just won yet another chapter. The chip maker accuses the Cupertino company of stealing its wireless technology to provide it to Intel in order to increase the speed of the competitor’s modems.
According to a publication from The Verge, Qualcomm claims that for years Apple has stolen its confidential information and trade secrets through an “intricate plan” to improve the performance of solutions that do not have Qualcomm chipsets, including iPhones.
The site points out that in the action Qualcomm says that Intel engineers even complained to Apple at one point about not being able to open Qualcomm’s secret files they had received, so they created new documents using Qualcomm’s own tools.
The company does not specify a date, but the document submitted states that this alleged Apple practice would have started “for at least several years” and continues to this day. Among other things, the company is asking the courts for financial damages and punitive measures for Apple, in addition to wanting the company to be forced to stop using the Intel modems.
According to The Verge, Apple declined to comment on Qualcomm’s new allegations, pointing to the statement it issued in June last year that it was “taxing” its innovation and damaging the market overall.
In the past, Qualcomm had already made claims in this regard against Apple in a lawsuit in late 2017, but in a milder tone than the adopted in this new action.