Qualcomm forced to license out patents to competitors

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

A US Federal court has dealt a severe blow to Qualcomm which mandates that the company to license its modem chip patents out to rival chipmakers.

The order follows a lawsuit that was filed against the company in 2017. The court ruled that if Qualcomm was to keep the corresponding patents to itself, it would have a monopoly in the modem chip market, and therefore limit the “competing implementations of those components”. The decision was made following allegations that Qualcomm had resorted to anti-competitive. Qualcomm had used anti-competitive practices to maintain a monopoly over modem chips for smartphones.

The opening up of the patent which serve companies such as like Apple and Samsung, both of which had to rely on Qualcomm for such chips.

Source: The Verge