Will FTC Win 'Radically Reshape' Cell Patent Licensing?

Law360 (November 7, 2018, 7:18 PM EST) -- Chipmakers and other tech companies holding standard-essential patents may no longer be able to unilaterally dictate how they license those patents, and to whom, after a California federal judge granted the Federal Trade Commission an important procedural win Tuesday for its upcoming antitrust trial against Qualcomm.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh held that the chipmaking giant can't distinguish between finished devices and the components used to make them under its binding obligations to openly license its SEPs.

Her decision gave the FTC key ammunition against Qualcomm as the case approaches a trial scheduled for January. It also likely tees up...

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