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Qualcomm Faces Deeper Antitrust Probe

Law360 (January 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Besieged by mounting allegations of anti-competitive practices, US telecommunications company Qualcomm is now the subject of a full-scale investigation by South Korea’s anti-trust watchdog.

After forming a taskforce early December, the Korea Fair Trade Commission announced Thursday it would step up its probe into alleged anti-competitive practices by the San Diego-based company.

Investigators will consider claims the company exploited its near-monopoly on key patents for its cellular phone software system used in all handsets across Asia.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) system, which is also...
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