The actual number of acquisitions is possibly larger as Apple does not reveal the majority of its acquisitions unless discovered by journals.
Apple has also purchased stakes in two companies, as well as made two divestments.
"While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm's valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts," Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a press release.
"Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to i Phones and cellular-enabled i Pads for a decade.
(Just ask Samsung.) A reissue of a patent originally dating back to 1998 -- and that Apple got from Xerox (XRX) -- has delivered into CEO Tim Cook's hands some serious, and scary, potential control over location-based services.
If you thought that Google (GOOG), Samsung, HTC, and others were already depressed over the legal success Apple has had in fighting Android, it's now officially worse.
The companies said on Tuesday that Nokia would receive an upfront cash payment and additional revenues from Apple starting from the current quarter, without giving details.The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing that technology to hundreds of handset manufacturers and others.COMMENTARY Apple (AAPL) has raised bludgeoning competitors with patents on key technologies to a fine art.The patent wars occurred because a finished smartphone might involve hundreds of thousands of patents.To secure and increase market share, companies granted a patent can sue to prevent competitors from using the methods the patent covers.