Qualcomm's 'No License, No Chips' Model Illegal, Judge Rules

Law360 (May 22, 2019, 7:19 AM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Qualcomm's decadeslong "no license, no chips" business practice violates federal antitrust laws, handing the Federal Trade Commission a win and upending how the chipmaker negotiates standard-essential patent licenses covering smartphone technology.

A district judge has found that Qualcomm used its monopoly over premium modem chips to force cellphone makers including Apple, Huawei and Samsung into unfair licensing agreements. (AP)

In a 233-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh found that Qualcomm used its monopoly over premium modem chips to force cellphone makers like Apple, Huawei and Samsung into unfair patent licensing agreements.

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