Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms

Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms


Last year, the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm for its patent licensing, alleging that the company wasn't giving competitors fair terms for standards-essential patents owned by the company. In what will likely prove to be a benefit to companies and consumers alike, yesterday the judge in the suit granted a motion for partial summary judgment, requiring that Qualcomm license those standards-essential patents to other chipset manufacturers under reasonable terms.



Previously, the FTC alleged that Qualcomm was refusing to license its patents to some competitors, coercing others into non-FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms, and forcing some like Apple into exclusivity agreements.

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