© Reuters. People pass a video display promoting 5G connectivity at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 in Las Vegas
. By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc (O 🙂 responded on Tuesday to comments Apple Inc. (O), Chief Executive Tim Cook, made in an interview in which he said it Lately there have been no disputes between the iPhone maker and the chip provider, who said Cook's statements as "misleading".
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Qualcomm on Tuesday said Cook miscast Mollenkopf's remarks in which no solution was mentioned and claimed by Qualcomm.
It is unlikely that the word war will play a crucial role in the outcome of the litigation between the two companies. However, it signals the high stakes and deep-rooted positions on both sides. Apple argues in court that Qualcomm is demanding an unfair "tax" on its phones, while Qualcomm is struggling to protect a patent licensing model that it believes has helped connect billions of new users with wireless connectivity.
In a television interview on CNBC last Tuesday, Cook responded to a question from host Jim Cramer about whether Apple would agree with Qualcomm after Qualcomm announced cases against Apple in China and Germany. 19659004] "You see, the truth is, we have not had discussions with them since the third calendar quarter of last year, that's the truth, I'm not sure where that thinking comes from," Cook said
Cook's comments unlike those that Mollenkopf had made on CNBC in November.
"We talk as a business, and I think what you see here are really activities that coincide with the fourth quarter of the game and not the first quarter," said Mollenkopf to CNBC. "We always talk about it – and I've been very consistent – that this second half is from () and  when we're really at the door to finding a solution."
In a Statement a Qualcomm spokesman said the company stands by Mollenkopf's comments.
"We have been consistently following for 18 months to make it clear that we have been at a different time with Apple about a possible solution to our license dispute," a Qualcomm spokesperson said in a statement. "We have also made it clear on a number of occasions that we expect it to be resolved in one way or another in the near future, either through a settlement or court decision."
The main case in the lawsuit from Apple and Qualcomm is being brought to trial in April.
Apple has accused Qualcomm of pursuing illegal patent licensing to maintain a dominant position in so-called modem chips, which make it easier for mobile phones to connect to wireless data networks. Qualcomm has argued that his practices have followed decades of tech industry standards and Apple has not adequately compensated for intellectual property.
(This story corrects typographical errors in ninth paragraph)
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