Japan Targets Qualcomm With Antitrust Order

Law360, New York (July 28, 2009, 4:51 PM EDT) -- Japan's Fair Trade Commission has sent a draft order to wireless chipset manufacturer Qualcomm Inc., accusing the company of unfair business practices in its patent-licensing agreements with Japanese companies.

Qualcomm allegedly used its dominant position in the marketplace to illegally pressure Japanese handset makers into unfair licensing agreements, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The regulator will cite contracts that give Qualcomm unfair advantages over Japanese mobile phone makers, according to the AP. Some agreements, for example, restrict Japanese companies from filing a complaint even when they...
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