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WSJ: Qualcomm Wins Battle for Chip Rights

The world leading chip-maker notched a victory against Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission, protecting its intellectual property rights.

By NTK Staff | 08.10.2018 @1:14pm
WSJ: Qualcomm Wins Battle for Chip Rights

In its ongoing multifront war over its intellectual property rights, chip-making giant Qualcomm scored a victory over Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The Taiwan government fined Qualcomm nearly $800 million over alleged patent violations, but the chip-maker won a legal settlement that vacated the government’s fine and orders:

The settlement revokes Taiwan’s ruling, Qualcomm said. In its place, Qualcomm said it has pledged to negotiate in good faith with Taiwanese handset makers including HTC and agreed to let Taiwanese authorities intervene to resolve any negotiation-related disputes.

The result forecasts a good outcome for Qualcomm in the United States, in similar battles against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Apple.

The FTC, in the last days of the Obama administration, accused the tech giant of “monopolizing” key cell phone parts. Apple, the maker of the hugely popular iPhone, joined in attacks on Qualcomm, trying to undercut Qualcomm’s profits while maximizing its own.

But the Taiwanese victory on similar issues means that Qualcomm has legal momentum in its trade disputes with the FTC and Apple.

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