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
Jan 17, 2017
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.
Intel, Samsung Pile On Qualcomm By Supporting FTC Lawsuit
May 15, 2017
Intel and Samsung support the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm and have filed amicus briefs to air their own complaints. The FTC hit Qualcomm with legal action in January and suggested that the company's patent licensing practices may violate monopoly regulations.
Supreme Court Refusal Means Samsung Owes Apple $120M
Nov 6, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court today said it will not review an appeal made by Samsung to overturn a $120 million fine owed to Apple for violating the latter's patented technology.
Jury Says Samsung On the Hook for $539M Over Apple Designs
May 24, 2018
A California jury today decided that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for copying its smartphone designs. The decision comes after a retrial concerning the amount of damages owed for the 2012 case that found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design patents.
Apple Sues Qualcomm In China
Jan 25, 2017
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.