Qualcomm Says iPhone Only Possible Due to its Technology as Legal Battle Continues

The squabble between Apple and Qualcomm continues, months after it began, with the companies going back-and-forth with statements and allegations.

Most recently, Apple expanded its lawsuit against Qualcomm, saying at the time that the company’s patent license agreements were invalid. So, of course, Qualcomm would need to come forward and issue a response to Apple’s response. As CNET reports, this time around Qualcomm is essentially throwing the gauntlet, saying that without its own technologies, the iPhone wouldn’t exist.

“Qualcomm’s innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, citing connectivity, high-speed data transmission and GPS navigation as examples.”

Qualcomm is not simply selling its modem chips — the company is also attaching licensing fees for its patents to those chips. So if a company, like Apple, doesn’t pay those fees, the modem chips aren’t accessible. The licensing fee itself is a percentage of the cost of the overall device, so as the iPhone has grown more expensive to create, that licensing fee has also gone up.

As a result, Apple has made it clear since January of this year that, due to those licensing fees getting higher because the iPhone has improved in other areas, it doesn’t seem fair that Qualcomm should get more money as a result. At this point, Apple is not only suing Qualcomm in the United States, but also in China, and Qualcomm has countersued Apple as well.

It doesn’t look like this battle is dying down anytime soon.

[via CNET]