Antitrust Charges Against Qualcomm Piling Up

Law360 (July 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Semiconductor makers Texas Instruments and Broadcom filed formal antitrust complaints against rival Qualcomm, alleging market dominance in South Korea over Qualcomm’s patent for wireless chip technology and adding to Qualcomm's list of legal troubles.

Qualcomm licenses the patent on code division multiple access, or CDMA, technology, one of the most widely used wireless technologies. All other companies must pay Qualcomm a royalty to use it.

Texas Instruments and Broadcom are alleging that Qualcomm is unfairly using its patents to charge excessive royalties.

“We are looking into whether Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the market, regarding its CDMA technology, following the...

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