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. The FTC says Qualcomm is violating the FTC Act in several ways. First, Qualcomm refuses to license standard-essential patents to competitors even though it has committed to do so. Second, Qualcomm won't sell its baseband processors to customers unless they agree to Qualcomm's licensing terms. The FTC says this "no license, no chips" policy leads to elevated royalties. Last, Qualcomm offered Apple reduced patent royalties in exchange for exclusively using Qualcomm baseband processors for a period of 5 years. The FTC hopes a court order will force Qualcomm to cease its anticompetitive behavior and prevent further unfair business practices. "By excluding competitors, Qualcomm impedes innovation that would offer significant consumer benefits, including those that foster the increased interconnectivity of consumer products, vehicles, buildings, and the Internet of Things," said the government. Qualcomm did not immediately respond to the FTC's action. Qualcomm recently ran into similar legal trouble in South Korea, which fined the chip maker nearly $900 million over its anticompetitive business practices. Qualcomm has already settled with China and the European Union over similar charges.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Dec 21, 2016
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
Apple Sues Qualcomm Over Royalties, Qualcomm Bites Back
Jan 21, 2017
Apple has filed a lawsuit against partner Qualcomm, alleging the mobile chipmaker used its monopoly power to push for "onerous, unreasonable and costly" licensing terms. Moreover, Apple says Qualcomm prevented it from seeking chips from other suppliers between 2011 and 2016.
Korea Blasts Qualcomm with $865M Fine
Dec 29, 2016
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.
Apple Files Yet Another Lawsuit Against Qualcomm
Mar 3, 2017
Apple is taking Qualcomm to court in the U.K. over patent-licensing fees.
T-Mobile, Verizon Offer Free Roaming In Korea During Olympics
Jan 25, 2018
Americans traveling to South Korea to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be able to roam for free if they subscribe to T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile says its customers can take advantage of free unlimited high-speed data, unlimited calls within South Korea and back to the U.S., as well as free texting while attending the games.