Qualcomm’s international authorized points proceed, because the Taiwanese Honest Commerce Fee (TFTC) fined the corporate roughly $773 million (NT$23.four billion) for unlawful licensing and chip pricing practices. This growth is yet one more antitrust submitting levied onto Qualcomm, which has not too long ago seen fines from South Korea (December 2016) and China (February 2015), a lawsuit from the US Federal Commerce Fee (January 2017), and investigation and potential non-compliance fines from the European Union.
The official TFTC assertion states that Qualcomm withheld merchandise and licensing in an effort to power purchasers to conform to its circumstances, noting Qualcomm’s quite a few standard-essential patents (SEP) and monopoly standing within the baseband processor marketplace for the CDMA, WCDMA, and LTE areas. The TFTC discovered that these actions and others violated antitrust legal guidelines for not less than seven years, throughout which Taiwanese firms paid Qualcomm round NT$400 billion (~$13.2 billion) in licensing charges and $30 billion in baseband processors purchases. Primarily, these findings match the US FTC’s fees of Qualcomm’s “no license, no chips” coverage and their refusal to license standard-essential patents.
Along with the superb, the TFTC is demanding Qualcomm cancel agreements and clauses the place opponents had been compelled to reveal delicate firm knowledge, together with costs, product mannequin names, shipments, gross sales targets/volumes, and buyer names.
Within the meantime, Qualcomm stays enmeshed in a sequence of interconnected lawsuits with Apple, with the newest growth occurring only a few months in the past.
In response to the TFTC ruling, Qualcomm launched their very own assertion disagreeing with findings and stating plans to attraction the choice. Since interesting in opposition to South Korean regulators, this marks the second time Qualcomm is interesting such antitrust fines.