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Qualcomm Inc. CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaks throughout a keynote deal with at CES 2017 on January 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Qualcomm mentioned on Tuesday Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s comment that there was no current settlement discussions between the iPhone maker and the chipmaker had been “misleading.”
“We have been consistent for the last 18 months in making clear that we have, at various times, been in discussions with Apple about a possible resolution to our licensing dispute,” a Qualcomm spokesperson mentioned in a press release.
In an interview with CNBC earlier on Tuesday, Cook mentioned there haven’t been any discussions to settle a licensing dispute between the businesses because the “third calendar quarter of last year.”
Cook gave the impression to be referring to feedback that Qualcomm Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf made in November on CNBC, wherein he mentioned the chip provider was “on the doorstep of finding a resolution.”
Qualcomm’s spokesperson mentioned the corporate stands by Mollenkopf’s remarks. Mollenkopf had additionally instructed traders on a Qualcomm earnings name in July that the San Diego chip firm was in talks with Apple, and people feedback seem like true based mostly on the timeline that Cook disclosed on Tuesday.
Apple and Qualcomm have been locked in a authorized battle wherein Apple has accused Qualcomm of partaking in unlawful patent licensing practices to protect a dominant market place in so known as modem chips, which assist cellphones connect with wi-fi information networks.
Qualcomm, in flip, has accused Apple of not pretty compensating it for its technical improvements and stealing its commerce secrets and techniques at hand over to rival provider Intel, which is now the first provider of modem chips for the iPhone.
Cook’s feedback additionally got here as Qualcomm is within the midst of an antitrust trial with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over most of the similar patent licensing practices Apple has criticized. In its assertion, Qualcomm mentioned Cook’s feedback “appear to be a deliberately timed attempt to tarnish our company’s reputation.”
Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for comment on Qualcomm’s assertion.