Qualcomm Can Seek Claim Apple Forfeited FRAND Rights

Law360 (March 21, 2019, 9:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has allowed Qualcomm to pursue its counterclaim in an antitrust suit that Apple forfeited rights to favorable licensing terms for smartphone technology.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel on Wednesday turned down Apple’s move for partial summary judgment against the counterclaim filed by Qualcomm during a two-year battle over licenses for its phone processors. Apple filed an antitrust suit against the chipmaker in January 2017, alleging royalty extortion.

At issue in Wednesday’s ruling is a contention by Qualcomm that Apple has “acted in bad faith and is an unwilling licensee who was never interested in signing” a license agreement on fair, reasonable...

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