Qualcomm hits Apple backers after expressing support

Qualcomm fires back at Apple's supporters for backing its legal dispute.

Apple has mustered the support of the world's biggest technology companies in its legal dispute with Qualcomm. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, and Facebook, among many others, altogether took a stand against Qualcomm. But, the utter support of these companies has fanned the flame with Qualcomm firing back at Apple's backers.

Qualcomm is firm in its stance against Apple, following the Cupertino, California-based company's supporters attempted to leverage the union Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) to misdirect regulators through their filing. The chip maker said its critics are setting off a "coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting" the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

In a filing with the ITC Monday, the chip maker stated that its request to stop the importation of iPhone devices has nothing to do with its rival Intel. Instead, its proposed import ban is geared towards iPhone models that violate "technologies relation to the design, structure, and operation of product with envelope tracking technology, voltage shifter circuitry, flashless boot, power management, circuitry, enhanced carrier aggregation, and graphics processing units".

Qualcomm acknowledged that Intel's market is "robust", adding that Apple can acquire and use any LTE modem it chooses as long as it does not infringe the chip manufacturer's patents.

The CCIA is composed of companies like Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, and Facebook, among many others. The association lobbied for the dismissal of the Qualcomm's charge against Apple. Its chief executive, Ed Black, said that Qualcomm is gunning to monopolize the competition in the technology market.

Early in July, Qualcomm asked the US ITC and US District Court, Southern District of California to ban the import of iPhone devices for exploiting its patents. Apple in January sued Qualcomm for asking for demanding more money as it believed Apple is using its technology in more of its products.