Qualcomm Q4 Profits Drops 90%, Loser In Legal Battle With Apple

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Next Qualcomm sues Apple, accusing them of failing to abide by their software license, and additionally of using their unprecedented access to Qualcomm to benefit rival Intel.

The chipmaker filed the lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday in California state court in San Diego, adding yet another front to their bitter legal battle.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf suggested that the company would likely settle with Apple out of court and it could be a situation "where a solution just appears".

Qualcomm has done a lot of things to squeeze Apple into giving in to its demands, from asking the Federal Trade Commission to ban all sales of iPhones in the U.S.to making the Chinese market inhospitable for the Cupertino firm.

The report claims that the final straw for Apple was when Qualcomm allegedly chose to withhold the software needed to test Qualcomm's own chips on Apple's prototype devices.

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The company started using Intel's broadband modem chips in the iPhone 7.

Qualcomm alleged that in July, Apple emailed Qualcomm to request "highly confidential" information about how its chips work on an unidentified wireless carrier's network. "Apple copied an Intel engineer in the email for information".

In contrast, revenue from Qualcomm's licensing business fell 36 percent to $1.21 billion in the quarter ended September 24.

In another United States case, Qualcomm alleges that it has six patents developed in the past four years that improve battery life in mobile devices and that 'Apple uses these technologies in its devices but is not paying for them'. One of the most recent legal developments is between Qualcomm and Apple, where another lawsuit has surfaced as part of an ongoing fight between the two.