Back in January this year, the US Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Qualcomm, accusing the world’s biggest chipmaker of forcing Apple into an exclusive chip deal. Qualcomm later denied the claims and asked the court to dismiss the suit last month.
Now, the FTC defended its charges saying that “Qualcomm uses its monopoly power to make [handset manufacturers] pay a royalty overcharge — a tax — when buying modem chips from its competitors,” according to a report.
Qualcomm denied smartphone makers licenses that it previously promised they would be available on FRAND terms. In addition, the FTC says that “Qualcomm foreclosed its competitors from selling to a uniquely important customer, Apple, for half a decade … (read more)
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