Earlier this year, Apple sued the chipmaker over alleged unpaid royalty rebates and anticompetitive practices, reports MacRumors. But Qualcomm was having none of that. Not only did the company announce yesterday that it's countersuing Apple for failing to engage in good faith negotiations for its 3G and 4G patents, it asserts that Apple's success in the last 10 years and its transformation into the world's most valuable public company couldn't have happened without Qualcomm. As Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement:
"Over the last 10 years, Apple has played a significant role in bringing the benefits of mobile technology to consumers with its popular products and services. But Apple could not have built the incredible iPhone franchise that has made it the most profitable company in the world, capturing over 90% of smartphone profits, without relying upon Qualcomm's fundamental cellular technologies. Now, after a decade of historic growth, Apple refuses to acknowledge the well established and continuing value of those technologies. It has launched a global attack on Qualcomm and is attempting to use its enormous market power to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm. We intend to vigorously defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry."