FTC V. Qualcomm: The Balance Between Patents And Antitrust

Law360, New York (August 22, 2017, 1:05 PM EDT) -- In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission brought suit against Qualcomm Inc. in the Northern District of California. The FTC is alleging that Qualcomm used its position as a dominant supplier of certain cellphone components, and its patent portfolio covering standards used in cellphones, together in a manner that constituted unfair methods of competition.

Qualcomm moved to dismiss the suit in April, noting that a strong dissent was issued to the FTC vote to file the complaint, and arguing that the FTC had failed to properly allege facts sufficient to support the claims in its complaint. In May, the...

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