Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week in which it claimed that the chip maker decided to “punish” it for cooperating with the Korea Fair Trade Commission by withholding payments unless Apple changed the statement it provided to Korea’s regulatory body. Qualcomm has now issued a press release refuting some of the claims that Apple has made. It says that the Cupertino company has “intentionally mischaracterized” the agreements and negotiations between them.
Qualcomm executive VP and general counsel Don Rosenberg said in the press release that while the company is still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, “it is quite clear that Apple’s claims are baseless,” adding that “Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program.”
The Qualcomm executive also claimed that Apple has been “actively encouraging” investigations by bodies like the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Korean Fair Trade Commission “by misrepresenting facts and withholding information.”
Rosenberg added that Qualcomm welcomes the opportunity of having these “meritless claims” heard in court where the company will be entitled to full discovery of Apple’s practices and a robust examination of the merits.