Inventors, Law Profs Support FTC In Fight With Qualcomm

Law360 (December 2, 2019, 9:41 PM EST) -- Several industry groups, law professors and a former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission filed amicus briefs last week supporting the FTC in its antitrust suit against Qualcomm alleging that the company illegally established a monopoly on the modem chip market.

A district court in May ruled that Qualcomm’s "no license, no chips" business practice violates federal antitrust laws, handing a win to the FTC. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a permanent injunction in the case, barring Qualcomm from requiring customers to license its patents in order to buy modem chips from the company, among other things.

A few months later,...

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