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Qualcomm blames tech giant Apple of threatening it

siliconreview Qualcomm blames tech giant Apple of threatening it

American multinational equipment company Qualcomm Inc hit back to Apple Inc's allegations made in a US lawsuit in January, saying that the iPhone maker violated the agreements with the firm and encouraged regulatory attacks on its business in various jurisdictions around the world by making false statements.

The tech giant had filed the lawsuit, in which it has blamed Qualcomm for chargeing too much for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. The lawsuit came many days after the US government accused the chipmaker of resorting to anti-competitive strategies to keep a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones.

"It (Apple) has launched a global attack on Qualcomm and is attempting to use its enormous market power to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm," the chipmaker said in a statement on Monday.

Further, Qualcomm filed counterclaims to Apple's lawsuit with the US District Court for the Southern District of California. To this, the chipmaker in a statement said Apple hinder in its agreements with licensees that manufacture iPhones and iPads.

Well that’s not all, the chipmaker also said that Apple has threatened it in an effort to avert it from making any public comparisons about the superior performance of the Qualcomm-powered iPhones, and distorted recital differences between iPhones using Qualcomm modems and those using competitor-supplied modems.  Responding statement, the tech giant Apple said it is reiterating its comments made in January that Qualcomm had overcharged royalties and gained from Apple's technologies not related to Qualcomm's patents.