Apple, Qualcomm spat intensifies, manufacturers drawn in

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That means Qualcomm can collect money on every smartphone, even those that have chips made by other companies.

Manufacturers that build Apple's iPhone and iPad are being drawn in to an escalating dispute between the tech giant and the chipmaker Qualcomm. "The manufacturers must continue to live up to their obligations under these agreements and Apple should immediately cease its tortious interference".

Ltd., known as Foxconn: Pegatron Corp.; Wistron Corp.; and Compal Electronics - all based in Taiwan but with manufacturing operations in China and elsewhere. The two companies have sued and countersued each other since January.

Qualcomm's shares were marginally lower at $55.82 in midday trading, while Apple's shares fell 2.3 percent to $151.85. Qualcomm petitioned U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who ruled against Samsung in its case with Apple, to throw out the case in April.

"We've been trying to reach a licensing agreement with Qualcomm for more than five years but they have refused to negotiate fair terms", Apple said in the statement.

The filing claimed the companies have admitted that Apple instructed them to withhold the payments and agreed to indemnify them against any losses or damages incurred by their actions.

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In Wednesday's complaint, Qualcomm alleges that Apple "orchestrated" the actions of the contract manufacturers against it.

Apple joined the assault shortly after the FTC and perhaps has been the most aggressive in maneuvers against Qualcomm, which believes that Apple is behind a "global attack on the company".

"Pay for what you take and if you don't want to pay for it, don't take it", he said.

In addition to being one of the world's largest maker of chips for mobile devices, Qualcomm owns thousands of patents on fundamental technology that ensures all phones work. Qualcomm said it is seeking an order to require all of those companies to comply with "long-standing contractual obligations" to Qualcomm, and is also seeking declaratory relief and damages.

Now, Qualcomm is insisting that Apple was in no position to influence the manufacturers, as the license agreements were entered into before Apple sold the first iPhone. To deny the case would continue to impede the progression of the technology and drive up the cost of smartphones for consumers, it argued. A hearing on the dismissal motion is slated for mid-June.