Moscow, 14 Dec — “News. Economy” the Judge believes that the chip maker is only trying to achieve a dominant position in the market.
Qualcomm’s chances for acquittal in an American court is melting before our eyes. December 13, a Federal judge ruled that the evidence provided by ciminera in confirmation of the fact that the major manufacturers of smartphones has transferred the technology Qualcomm competing with the companies began to cooperate, does not establish that the chip manufacturer is not trying to maintain a monopoly on the market.
In the lawsuit the Federal trade Commission in U.S. district court argues that the practice of patent licensing and sales of chips Qualcomm was anti-competitive and sought to maintain a monopoly on so-called premium LTE modem chips that allow mobile phones to connect to a wireless data network.
According to Reuters, lawyers for the FTC and Qualcomm are still discussing the possibility of settlement. But “no news”, even though the dialogue began in October. Meanwhile, the proceedings in court shall take place in January next year.
In March, Qualcomm said that Apple completely stopped using modems chip maker in their new iPhone and switched to chips from Intel. Qualcomm tried to prove that the changed market conditions clearly indicate that the company has no monopoly on the chip market.
However, the judge does not think so: Lucy Koh rejected a request for a pre-trial decision, stating that it concerned business conduct for the company, not its market position.
“Evidence against Qualcomm not talking about changing the business conduct of the company. All the evidence associated with the alleged changes in market position Qualcomm,” wrote Koh in her decision.
Previously, Koch has taken a decision requiring Qualcomm to license some of its patents to competing suppliers of chips. Now the company has royalties as a percentage of the wholesale price of smartphones, not the cost of the individual components within them. Standard cell patents Qualcomm 3.25% of the cost of the phone at its price to $400. It’s about $13 for each sold unit.
And winning the FTC in court against Qualcomm, could mean the end of the current licensing practices of the company and seriously damage its revenues. Regulators in South Korea, Taiwan and other countries took action against Qualcomm and imposed fines worth billions of dollars.
However, Qualcomm appealed a decision and settled some of them, for example, agreeing with the Taiwanese regulator to invest $700 million in the manufacturing sector of this country.
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