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05.07.17

Qualcomm Has Collapsed Since the Antitrust Actions Began

Posted in Antitrust, Apple, Patents at 5:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The shakeup at Qualcomm gives room for hope that regulatory agencies will end patent injustice and let the market be driven by performance, not protectionism for companies that cannot perform

THE one company that barely makes anything but patent deals is Qualcomm [1, 2, 3, 4]. In our past articles we gave some background and in our latest article we showed the effect on the stock when Apple stopped paying.

“Qualcomm’s desire to gain leverage over Apple is obvious,” Florian Müller wrote, “but (for now) I can’t see how it could portray Apple as an “unwilling licensee.””

Joshua Wolson from Dilworth Paxson LLP said that FTC’s Qualcomm Investigation Is Important” a few days ago when he wrote (mostly behind paywall):

America fashions itself as a cradle of innovation. We encourage entrepreneurs and try to provide robust intellectual property protection to encourage inventions and innovations. American inventions and inventors impact the world over, however. Indeed, we live in an interconnected world. Our devices are connected. Our personal networks are interconnected. Increasingly, our legal and regulatory structures are interconnected, as well. This is particularly true when it comes to antitrust enforcement.

We intend to keep watching this case as it impacts just about any Android OEM and most companies that work with GNU/Linux on devices. Qualcomm now faces serious regulatory actions in several continents and how it pans out can impact laws pertaining to software patents, FRAND, and SEPs.

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4 Comments

  1. Anton_P said,

    May 9, 2017 at 3:30 am

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    I thought Qualcomm was a major chip manufacturer for mobile phone chips. They also make server chips.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Designs, markets and preys. It licenses AFAIK, but does not manufacture. Like a much more aggressive version of ARM (SoftBank).

    http://techrights.org/2017/02/17/arm-and-qualcomm/

  2. Anton_P said,

    May 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

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    A pointless distinction – on that basis, Apple does not make anything either.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It does make more things than Qualcomm and either way, I am no proponent of Apple either, as like Qualcomm it is using software patents to rattle competitors. Compare the % of revenue in each company when it comes to patents. Qualcomm used to have actual products (a long time ago).

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