FTC files suit against Qualcomm
explain why no licence no chips is a bad idea please
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
Re: explain why no licence no chips is a bad idea please
The FTC has charged Qualcomm with violating the FTC Act. The complaint alleges that Qualcomm:
It sounds like Qualcomm is demanding to be paid more by the phone manufacturer for access to Qualcomm's patented radios if they use processors from the other manufacturer. If so, that's clearly anti-competitive (especially in a cut-throat business like cell phones), just as MS's per-processor tax for access to Windows at cut-rate prices was anti-competitive.
The FTC link has a link to the 35 page .PDF complaint.
See the second point in the complaint
Qualcomm has patents that cover the standards underpinning the essentials of a cell phone. They were using those to force the sale of their chips. That's the big no-no.
It is interesting to see Apple caved on this as they had a round with Samsung in court regarding their FRAND licensing terms and were handed a clear victory.
Unless Apple thought doing this would make it harder on the Android market, since every company would have to negotiate their own terms without collective bargaining power.
See DOJ's Chapter 5: "Antitrust Issues In The Tying And Bundling Of Intellectual Property Rights"
A DOJ Consent Decree will follow.
They nailed IBM on that back in the 1960s or so.
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