Qualcomm is alleging that Apple has stolen “vast swaths” of information and trade secrets, according to reports circulating on the web.
The charges were filed Monday night in a San Diego court.
Qualcomm hopes the court will amend allegations in its existing lawsuit against Apple accusing it of breaching the so called master software agreement that Apple signed when it became a customer of Qualcomm’s earlier this decade.
The two companies have been embroiled in direct and indirect litigation around the globe centered on Apple’s unwillingness to have its suppliers pay Qualcomm royalties it deems excessive for the iPhone.
Qualcomm’s council Donald Rosenberg told CNBC, despite the fact that Qualcomm is in an ongoing battle with Apple doesn’t take away the fact that the current charges stand on their own.
“Unlawful use of Qualcomm’s valuable trade secrets to try to help a competitor catch up irreparably harms us and must not be allowed to continue,” he said.