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FTC Drops Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm

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Mar 30, 2021, 8:39 AM   by Rich Brome

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.

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