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FTC’s Antitrust Trial Against Qualcomm Could Impact Patent Licensing

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case accusing Qualcomm Inc. of abusing a monopoly on mobile chip technology kicked off in a California courtroom in a trial whose outcome could have a major impact on the smartphone industry. If the government prevails in the 10-day, non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, in San Jose, California, Qualcomm could be forced to change its practices for licensing a trove of patents to manufacturers like iPhone maker Apple Inc.

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Author: Doug Isenberg

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