Qualcomm Sues Apple Over Spilled Tech Secrets
Qualcomm hit Apple with a lawsuit today, alleging the iPhone maker allowed Intel to access Qualcomm's proprietary software. Apple uses modems from Qualcomm and Intel in the iPhone and has separate engineering teams for each. Qualcomm had a strict software license contract with Apple that was meant to ensure its confidential information, including source code, wasn't shared with Intel. Qualcomm says Apple emailed the company in July requesting sensitive information about how its chips work and copied an Intel engineer on the email chain. Qualcomm also says Apple's Qualcomm engineers shared information with Apple's Intel engineers regarding Qualcomm's software. Apple did not immediately offer comment on the latest lawsuit. The two companies have been embroiled in legal battles over the last year, though largely over the cost of licensing wireless chips. Apple is withholding a $1 billion royalty payment owed to Qualcomm until the matter is settled.
Aug 16, 2018
Google today said that confidential mode, which can help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access, is available via the mobile Gmail app. Users will need to enable confidential mode when composing an email.
Sep 25, 2018
Qualcomm has taken yet more action against Apple, which it alleges stole trade secrets and offered them to Intel in a bid to improve Intel's modems. This year's iPhones rely solely on Intel modems, rather the a mix of modems from Intel and Qualcomm, in part because Apple and Qualcomm are locked in a legal dispute over patents and licensing fees.
Jan 28, 2019
The US government is pursuing a criminal case against Huawei for stealing the design for — as well as actual parts and software from — a unique phone-testing robot developed by T-Mobile USA. The gov't alleges that Huawei offered bonuses for employees to steal such trade secrets, and obstructed justice in a related civil case.
Jul 25, 2018
Qualcomm today revealed that its legal trouble with Apple will have a larger impact on its business later this year. Apple may not use Qualcomm's chips in future iPhones, representing a huge loss for Qualcomm.
May 15, 2017
Intel and Samsung support the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm and have filed amicus briefs to air their own complaints. The FTC hit Qualcomm with legal action in January and suggested that the company's patent licensing practices may violate monopoly regulations.