Judge wrong, says Qualcomm, after FTC anti-trust blasting

May 23, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Judge wrong, says Qualcomm, after FTC anti-trust blasting
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling in favor of the US Federal Trade Commission and found Qualcomm guilty of stifling competition for smartphone chips and charging excessive licensing fees.

Judge Koh ordered Qualcomm to renegotiate licensing agreements with reasonable fees and without threatening to cut off supplies. She also ordered that Qualcomm be monitored for the next seven years to ensure compliance. Qualcomm's stock fell by 11 percent on the news.

Qualcomm said Judge Koh had got it wrong and that it would immediately seek a stay of the judgment and seek a quick appeal to overturn the ruling.

"We strongly disagree with the judge’s conclusions, her interpretation of the facts and her application of the law," said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, in a statement.

FTC Bureau of Competition director Bruce Hoffman, said: "Yesterday’s decision that Qualcomm's practices violate the antitrust laws is an important win for competition in a key segment of the economy."

Qualcomm, the inventor of the CDMA form of digital communications technology that underlies modern wireless communications, has long held a commanding IP position in the industry but also long held by some to be predatory in its licensing practices.

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