Slo-Tech – In a proceeding filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), filed in 2017 against Kualcomm, the court had previously ordered Kualcomm to license its patents to its competitors. This has to be done when it comes to patents that are necessary to ensure standard functionality, especially for connecting chips (modem chip) smartphones. The FTC and Kualcomm have asked the courts for a 30-day delay to find a common language and to settle, but Judge Luci Koh refused. The main hearing will be next year.
Kualcomm has a lot of problems lately. A year ago, Taiwan was fined $ 774 million, this year the EU penalized $ 997 million, China invested $ 975 million, and South Korea $ 854 million. In addition, he joined Apple's lawsuit in the United States, as Apple complained about patent infringement. He also had to calm down with Huawei and BlackBerry.
Next year, the court will decide essentially whether Kualcomm's patent licensing policy is discriminatory. The company also produces chips, which is why licensing is often conditioned by the exclusive purchase of chips. For example, the Apple-Kualcom dispute is worth seven billion dollars. Apple claims Kualcom's practice is illegal, and Kualcomm apologizes for Apple's patent infringement.