Qualcomm must license its chip tech to competitors, judge rules

CNET | 11/6/2018 | Shara Tibken
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Qualcomm has to license its wireless chip patents to its competitors, a judge ruled Tuesday.

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District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted the US Federal Trade Commission's motion for partial summary judgment in its suit against Qualcomm. It had sought a ruling that declared "two industry agreements obligate Qualcomm to license its essential patents to competing modem chip suppliers." Koh agreed with the motion and on Tuesday said Qualcomm has to give rivals like Intel access to its technology.

"Undisputed evidence in Qualcomm's own documents demonstrates that a modem chip is a core component of the cellular handset, which only underscores how a [standard essential patent] license to supply modem chips is for the purpose of practicing or implementing cellular standards and why Qualcomm cannot discriminate against modem chip suppliers," Koh wrote.

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Qualcomm didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ruling deals a blow to Qualcomm, which has been defending its licensing practices in courts around the globe.

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Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it has created technology that's essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue...
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