The Apple vs. Qualcomm battle gets even messier

Foxconn and other iPhone manufacturers on Monday brought in Apple Inc. as another defendant in Qualcomm Inc.’s suit seeking royalty payments from them for its cellular technology license agreements in California federal court, saying they had been caught in the middle of a sprawling patent war, notes the legal website, Law360.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology.  However, Qualcomm denies the allegations and says Apple wouldn't have an iPhone business if it weren't for fair licensing of the company’s essential tech.

Qualcomm claims it went out of its way to offer alternative licensing (which Apple rejected), and that, in suing Qualcomm, Apple is motivated by reducing the cost to make iPhones.