Qualcomm files breach of contract lawsuit against iPhone manufacturers
Qualcomm has filed a breach of contract complaint against Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal, MacRumors reported. The company has sued the manufacturers for allegedly breaching their licence agreements by failing to pay royalties on the use of Qualcomm’s technology in the assembly of Apple iPhones. Qualcomm supplies the LTE modem in Apple’s smartphone, stated the report.
This is the latest lawsuit in an ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple, which has seen the iPhone maker refusing to pay royalties, and Qualcomm trying to block sales of the iPhone in the US.
“It is unfortunate that we must take this action against these long-time licensees to enforce our agreements, but we cannot allow these manufacturers and Apple to use our valuable intellectual property without paying the fair and reasonable royalties to which they have agreed,” said Qualcomm.
“Our licence agreements with Apple’s manufacturers remain valid and enforceable.”
- ^ MacRumors reported (www.macrumors.com)
- ^ Qualcomm cuts profit forecast after Apple stops paying royalties (mybroadband.co.za)