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Industry Giants Square Off Against Qualcomm Over 3G Patents

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Oct 28, 2005, 9:06 AM   by (staff)

Six industry heavyweights have joined forces to file Complaints to the European Commission requesting that it investigate Qualcomm's alleged anti-competitive conduct in the licensing of essential patents for WCDMA technology. Broadcom, Ericsson, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, and Texas Instruments are the complainants. The companies claim that Qualcomm is failing to meet commitments it made to industry groups to license its technology on fair terms. The anti-competitive behavior includes trying to prevent other companies from making WCDMA chipsets, and offering lower royalty rates to handset makers who only buy chipsets from Qualcomm.

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chrisnyc

Oct 28, 2005, 11:46 AM

Sad sad world................

I just understand why a company needs to offer products in a competitive manner? XYZ company has patents and products, they should be able to sell and market it ANY WAY THEY WANT. If you don't like it, leave the planet, invent your own, OR just take the fight to the EU. All the naysayers, put yourself in XYZ corps shoes? what would you do, invest billions in inventing a product then be told by some monkey court how and what you can sell it for? Or how you have to configure it? Case in point the Microsoft debacle about MediaPlayer. Do you really think the average person, lets just say.... our parents, would rather have Windows come WITHOUT a media player? where they would have to search online for one? then end up getting one that has some sp...
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i 100 percent agree.

its like saying you pay for patents, you pay for R&D, but if you are the leader in the industry you are considered to be a monopoly and considered to be targeted for anti-trust and other charges.

it is pathetic... whats the...
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As far as i'm aware Nokia and Ericsson are biggest WCDMA patent holders. They laso make money by licensing them.

What comes to Quallcomm, it's not that they wouldn't be allowed to sell patents with the price they choose to, but that they're violati...
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sangyup81

Oct 28, 2005, 10:27 AM

Let's get ready to Rummbbbbblllllleeeeee

Perhaps when Qualcomm loses its grip on the industry, innovation and rapid advancement will come. Or not. I'd like to see what others think.
i disagree. without qualcomm, it will be difficult to come up with new products especially when qcom has tons of patents on my applications and that they have a huge R&D spending budget. perhaps they should look into TXN (texas instruments) also, becu...
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graphikzking

Oct 28, 2005, 10:59 AM

BOO HOOO

I thought the GSM companies of Europe have been bragging about how much more ADVANCED they are than the American Companies???

Why would they need to buy our technology? And our CDMA technology at that?

Why don't they make WGSM??

Get over it..
graphikzking said:
I thought the GSM companies of Europe have been bragging about how much more ADVANCED they are than the American Companies???

Why would they need to buy our technology? And our CDMA technology at that?

Why
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WCDMA is NOT a version fo CDMA it is a completely different Technology. Get your facts before you post. WCMDA is the next step for GSM its also known as UMTS/HSDPA.
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youareretarded

Oct 29, 2005, 10:00 AM

STOP smoking crack.

"offering lower royalty rates to handset makers who only buy chipsets from Qualcomm."

Get off the pipe. This is called competitive business. EVERY company in the US who is trying to stay competitive does this. Not only is what Qualcomm doing legit, its what the wireless companies are based on. If prices were fair, there wouldnt be 4 major US carriers all competing to give us the 'best' offer. There are 4 to keep the market stimulated and to keep the prices from going *oh my gosh* down. What Qualcomm is doing is 100% legal. We are a capitalist economy with a company doing a capitalist idea. Drugs are bad mmmmk?
 
 
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