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TechnologyQualcomm won't have to offer patent licenses to rivals, for now

21:50  24 august  2019
21:50  24 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Samsung then transferred patents to Qualcomm and cross- licensed its overall patent portfolio. To get access to Qualcomm 's chips, which are broadly considered to be on the bleeding edge of wireless innovation, a phone maker first has to sign a patent licensing contract with Qualcomm .

From FOSS Patents : In combination, Qualcomm 's licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals What the ruling effectively means is that Qualcomm now has to license its modems and underlying baseband tech.

Qualcomm won't face the full consequences of the antitrust ruling, at least not right away. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request to temporarily halt requirements that it both grant patent licenses to rivals and stop demanding patent licenses before customers can buy chips. The stay will only last as long as Qualcomm's appeal of the antitrust case wends its way through the courts, but Qualcomm was convinced the original decision "will be overturned."

Qualcomm won't have to offer patent licenses to rivals, for now

The company claimed the reprieve was vital to investing in technologies as part of a "critical time of transition to 5G."

Of course, there's a more pragmatic factor behind the request: the ruling would have dramatically altered Qualcomm's existing patent strategy. Reutersnoted that Qualcomm would have to renegotiate all of its current chip and patent deals, and any new deals would need to honor stricter requirements. Those could require extensive work and likely hurt Qualcomm's substantial income from patent licenses.

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These are patents that manufacturers need to license so that their products can meet technical standards. Because of this, SEP royalties are supposed to But it still is a big win for Qualcomm since it won ' t have to change its business practices for as long as it takes for the litigation to come to an end.

Qualcomm also must make patent licenses available to rival cellular modem suppliers on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory or The settlement includes a six-year licensing agreement and a multiyear chipset supply agreement. It's unclear if Apple had any hint that the FTC was likely to win its

Whether or not Qualcomm gets what it wants through the appeal is less than certain. The court had determined that Qualcomm had been stifling competition and collecting unreasonably steep royalty rates -- the company would need to show how its practices are fair in the long term, and that's a tougher sell than a momentary break.

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