But it was Apple who threw the first punch in January, alleging that Qualcomm did not give them fair licensing terms. Qualcomm along with this complaint also filed a lawsuit in the US International Trade Commission seeking to get a ban on all the Apple iPhones utilising the Intel Corporation chips.
At one end, Qualcomm has filed a fresh lawsuit against Apple, where it is demanding a significant portion of iPhones to be removed from shelves before Christmas because of a patent infringement. Apple emailed Qualcomm to request "highly confidential" information about how its chips work on an unidentified wireless carrier's network, Qualcomm alleged, but Apple had copied an Intel engineer in the email for information. Apple is so upset with Qualcomm that there is talk that the 2018 iPhone models will feature modem chips from Intel and MediaTek. Going down to the specifics, Qualcomm referred to the latest smartphone's multi-tasking interface. All of these inventions are said to be widely found in Apple's products without license nor permission.
The ongoing intellectual property rights conflict between Apple and Qualcomm took another turn Wednesday, when Apple filed a countersuit against the chipmaker in U.S. District Court in California. However this week, Qualcomm is updating those claims to include the iPhone X in its ban, which was not yet released to the public when the legal dispute started. Qualcomm added that Apple has also encouraged the companies that actually manufacture iPhones to breach their contracts by refusing to pay Qualcomm royalties, and has "misled governmental agencies around the world into investigating Qualcomm in an effort to indirectly exert leverage over Qualcomm". In these complaints, Qualcomm claims that Apple has been infringing on 16 of its patents which are being used in the iPhones. The same happened when Apple was asked to comment. Broadcom offered $130 billion to buy Qualcomm in what would have been the biggest tech acquisition ever, but Qualcomm rejected it because it thought that the price was still too low.