Qualcomm countersuit claims Apple 'refuses to acknowledge' the value of its technology

Qualcomm has also accused Apple of harming its business and sought unspecified damages. After filing the lawsuit in the court in California, Apple also sued Qualcomm in China, the United Kingdom and Japan as part of "its aggressive strategy of constructing commercial disputes and then claiming it has been victimized", according to the filing.

Qualcomm notes that Apple takes about 90 percent of the smartphone industry's profits and was able to "achieve its success without contributing much, if anything, to the innovations at the heart of cellular communications".

Qualcomm also claims that with the iPhone 7, Apple chose not to maximize the performance of Qualcomm modem chips and mischaracterized the differences in performance between Qualcomm-powered iPhones and other units packing rival modems. Apple actually capped the performance of the Qualcomm superior modem with a common denominator logic, turning off the special features and speeds to make Intel and Qualcomm modem solution seem more equal.

The chipmaker recently said in its press release that the countersuit that it filed against the iPhone maker explains how the company breached the contract, inferred with the agreements and encourage regulatory bodies to sue Qualcomm. "Now, after a decade of historic growth, Apple refuses to acknowledge the well established and continuing value of those technologies", the chip maker claims.

In its lawsuit filed in January, Apple stated that Qualcomm is misusing its monopoly status in cellular chips and pushed forward "onerous, unreasonable and costly" terms and conditions for customers and competitors. "We intend to vigorously defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry".

Apple is seeking almost US$1 billion in compensation for paying excessive royalties to Qualcomm.

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The contracts with manufacturers like Compal, Wistron, Pegatron and Foxconn were signed even before Apple started using Qualcomm chipsets in its products. Apple then allegedly threatened Qualcomm against disputing the statement by saying its position as a chip supplier to the tech giant would be jeopardised.

The chipmaker said in the statement that Apple interfered in its agreements with licensees that manufacture iPhones and iPads.

"Apple's lawsuit goes to the heart of Qualcomm's licensing model, which charges phone makers a percentage of the value of every phone, not just a cut of the price of specific modem chips used in phones", the report noted. Qualcomm dismissed Apple's claims immediately.

Things are getting a bit ugly between Apple and Qualcomm in their patent licensing battle.

Qualcomm's executive VP and general counsel Don Rosenberg also had some pretty combative words for Apple.

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