Qualcomm wins in FTC lawsuit appeal2020-08-12 18:15 by Daniela
Tags: Qualcomm, FTC, law suit
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling against chip supplier Qualcomm in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The ruling is the end of a chapter in a saga which saw Qualcomm's primary businesses, including its lucrative patent licensing business, under fire from regulators around the world. The FTC originally brought the case in 2017.
It's a victory for Qualcomm, since the earlier ruling could have undercut its business by threatening its ability to extract big royalties from phone makers.
According to the ruling, Qualcomm did not impose an anticompetitive surcharge on its competitor phone chip suppliers, and did not undermine competition by charging royalties. The court also said Qualcomm's Apple contracts in 2011 and 2013 did not substantially foreclose competition to maintain its monopolies in the CDMA and LTE chip markets.
In a statement, the FTC called the court's ruling "disappointing" and said that it will be considering options going forward. The FTC can appeal the decision, but if it stands, it will end Qualcomm's years-long legal battleover its chip licensing deals.
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