Tuesday September 25, 2018

Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Stealing Trade Secrets for Rival Intel

Qualcomm has accused Apple of stealing "vast swaths" of trade secrets to assist Qualcomm's rival Intel in fixing engineering flaws and to increase the performance of Intel's lower quality modem chipsets used in the iPhone. Qualcomm wants to amend its original allegations in its lawsuit to reflect the new charges. Apple is accused of supplying confidential source code and tools developed by Qualcomm to Intel; and then blocking Qualcomm from auditing Apple's use of said tools. The audits were to be conducted periodically to ensure that Qualcomm's IP was appropriately protected as was part of their agreement.

Qualcomm does not provide direct evidence to support the allegations but does make reference to back and forth between Apple and Intel engineers that was found during discovery. Sources say the evidence includes not just email correspondence, but Apple's source code development history and the code used in Intel-based phones.