Korea Blasts Qualcomm with $865M Fine
Qualcomm this week refuted accusations made by the Korea Fair Trade Commission that it has violated Korean antitrust laws. The KFTC says Qualcomm has abused its dominant position in the market with unfair and unnecessarily broad licensing practices for wireless technology and modems. The fine is the largest ever filed by South Korea against a single company. The Korean agency also says Qualcomm inhibited competition by refusing to license its standard essential patents to rivals, such as Intel, MediaTek, and Samsung. Qualcomm says the KFTC's accusations lack merit and it will fight the decision in court. It plans to ask for an immediate stay and will appeal the amount of the fine. In February 2015, Qualcomm was forced to settle with China's antitrust agency for $975 million. Later that same year, Qualcomm faced down the European Union over similar business practices. It may be years before the case with Korea is fully settled.
FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Anticompetitive Behavior
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against Qualcomm, alleging the chip-maker uses its market position to monopolize the sale of cell phone baseband processors.
EU Initiates Two Antitrust Investigations Against Qualcomm
The European Commission has opened two separate investigations into Qualcomm's business practices to determine if the chipmaker is violating antitrust regulations. The first investigation is targeting Qualcomm's alleged offer of financial incentives to companies that ordered chips only from Qualcomm.
Apple Sues Qualcomm In China
Apple has filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China where it alleges Qualcomm abused its market position to score higher patent-licensing fees. Apple also said Qualcomm failed to honor its promise to license standard essential patents at fair rates, reports Reuters.
Apple Files Yet Another Lawsuit Against Qualcomm
Apple is taking Qualcomm to court in the U.K. over patent-licensing fees.