FTC Drops Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm
The US Federal Trade Commission has decided not to appeal its antitrust case against Qualcomm to the US Supreme Court, effectively ending the matter in Qualcomm's favor. The FTC sued in 2017, claiming that the way Qualcomm links the sales of baseband processors with patent licensing amounts to anticompetitive behavior and unfair business practices. Similar lawsuits have been successful in South Korea, China, and Europe, and the FTC won its case initially. However Qualcomm appealed and prevailed last year. With the FTC's decision to not go to the Supreme Court, the decision from the Court of Appeals stands.
Nov 6, 2018
Qualcomm was dealt a blow by U.S. Federal Judge Lucy Koh today, who ruled that the chip giant must license some of its mobile technology patents to competing companies.
Sep 18, 2018
A new trial between Qualcomm and Apple has begun at the U.S. International Trade Commission this week.
May 22, 2019
A federal judge in San Jose sided with the Federal Trade Commission in its case against Qualcomm, ruling that the company unlawfully suppressed competition in the market for cellphone chips and used its dominant position to exact excessive licensing fees. Several practices were singled out, including: charging royalties on a percentage of a phone's price, threatening to cut off access to its chips when negotiating patent royalties, and exclusive supply agreements with phone makers like Apple that block potential rivals like Intel.
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Apple plans to issue a software patch to its iPhones to appease Qualcomm and Chinese authorities. Earlier this week, a Chinese court found Apple to be in violation of two Qualcomm patents pertaining to resizing pictures and managing apps with a touch screen.