Qualcomm Must License Some IP To Rivals In FTC Suit

Law360 (November 6, 2018, 7:33 PM EST) -- A California federal judge found Tuesday that Qualcomm is obligated to provide licenses for its standard-essential patents to rival chipmakers, siding with the Federal Trade Commission on an important issue in the agency's challenge of the company's broader licensing practices.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh issued an order granting the FTC's bid for summary judgment on the issue, rejecting Qualcomm's contention that it is only required to license its SEPs to manufacturers of end devices — not components — on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, or FRAND, terms. Judge Koh said the intellectual property rights policies of the organizations that adopted...

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