Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Qualcomm must license its technology to competitors

Qualcomm ordered to licence modem technology to rivals Qualcomm must license its technology to competitors
Priscilla Morrison | 07 November, 2018, 19:07

In an ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm led by the Federal Trade Commission, the company is forced to license its patents to its rivals, according to a preliminary ruling by the U.S. federal court judge. But Qualcomm's shares took a minor tumble following the news of the ruling, and we doubt Qualcomm will be too happy being forced to license out some of its patents to would-be rivals.

The court's ruling should not be surprising, considering what FRAND patents mean. Standard essential patents cover technologies that are fundamental for the workings of modems.

The commission argued that Qualcomm had voluntarily committed to the FRAND (free and non-discriminatory) licensing requirements of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATUS), and those agreements required it to offer licences to competitors where patents covered standards-essential technology.

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Neither Qualcomm, the FTC, and Intel commented on the matter. It noted that if Qualcomm were allowed to keep its modem patents to itself, it would enable the company "to achieve a monopoly in the modem chip market and limit competing implementations of those components".

The judgment was made as part of an antitrust lawsuit levied against Qualcomm by the FTC. Apple is also suing Qualcomm over the same issue.

Qualcomm has countered, claiming that Apple is also using a number of the firm's patents outside of agreed licensing contracts. And that, of course, is good for competition and the end consumer. Both of which have had to rely on Qualcomm's modem chips whenever they manufactured their phones. And the ruling's impact should be even more positive for shoppers if the court eventually rules that Qualcomm should charge reasonable rates for those modem patents.

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