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Qualcomm gets partial stay on antitrust enforcement

by on26 August 2019

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold the ruling

Qualcomm has won a partial stay against the enforcement of a sweeping antitrust ruling in a lawsuit brought by the FTC.

The company on May 21 lost in an antitrust lawsuit and has been fighting to have the ruling put on hold while it pursued an appeal.

The San Diego based company argued that letting the ruling stand could upend its talks with phone makers over chips for 5G, the next generation of wireless data networks

In the ruling issued on Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold the provisions of the earlier ruling that required Qualcomm to grant patent licenses to rival chip suppliers and end its practice of requiring its chip customers to sign a patent license before purchasing chips.

The earlier ruling would have required Qualcomm to renegotiate all its existing chip and patent deals, as well as make new deals conform to the requirements.

The stay granted Friday puts on hold the effect of parts of the ruling while the appeals process, which could take a year or more, plays out. The company has not formally filed its appeal in the FTC lawsuit. After Qualcomm files its arguments, the appeal will take place in January.


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