Samsung, Intel file friend of court briefs against Qualcomm regarding FTC suit

Samsung, Intel file friend of court briefs against Qualcomm regarding FTC suit
Boy, are Qualcomm's ears burning. Back in January, the FTC sued the chipmaker claiming that by refusing to license its patents, Qualcomm has been able to have a monopoly in the industry. And supporting the FTC's position by recently filing "friend of the court" briefs are two of Qualcomm's rivals, Samsung and Intel. In its brief filed with the court, Intel accused Qualcomm of using its patents to force phone manufacturers into "purchasing the chipsets they need from Qualcomm and Qualcomm alone."

Samsung blames Qualcomm for the reason why you don't see many non-Samsung phones powered by its Exynos chipsets. Samsung says that by keeping its patents to itself, Qualcomm is standing in the way of any competition. As a main example, Samsung says that it has requested a license to make and sell chipsets using Qualcomm patents. Apparently, that request was denied.

Qualcomm is asking the court to dismiss the FTC's action against it. As you would expect, the FTC rejects this request and says that it has a good "antitrust" case against the company. The suit is titled Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm Inc., 17-cv-00220, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

In January, Apple filed three suits against Qualcomm. One suit claimed that the chipmaker, upset that Apple spoke to law enforcement agencies about the company, stiffed Apple to the tune of $1 billion. Another suit said that Qualcom abused its clout in the marketplace. And the third suit, which is similar to the FTC's filing, accuses Qualcomm of failing to follow through on promises it made to license its standard essential patents at a cheap price.


source: Bloomberg

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4 Comments

1. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Samsung before had no problem having Exynos chips in their phone. It can compete in performance, what's the issue? It's Qualcomm's tech why he has to license the patent if he doesn't want to? With this logic, any phone manufacturer could go bang on Sony's door to release patents for their camera, so they can make them and I don't have to buy their camera to put it in their phone. It's their tech, if you want to use it buy it. If don't then come up with something better.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

We know that Qualcomm do allow Samsung to sell to others if the money is there The Exynos 7420 was in the Meizu Pro 5 and Fasetto LINK The Exynos 8890 was in the Meizu Pro 6 Plus So I suspect Intel and Samsung are just trying to force Qualcomm to lower their licensing fee, like Apple are Will be interesting to see what happens

2. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Sorry double post. Please delete.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung doesn't have to sign any deals with Qualcomm since they can make their own chips. Then they won't have to worry about, not being able to sell to others. The only reason Samsung uses Qualcomm in the USA, is because their modems work better vs Samsung's pwn. But Samsung could get the LTE modems from Intel, then just use the Exynos in their own phone and whoever wants to buy them. Qualcomm doesn't have to license its patents if they don;t want too. If they won't sell them at a reasonable cost, then the OEM's don't have to buy them. To me its seems that simple. Its just like shopping ta a store. If this store doesn't offer the product you want to buy, at the price you want to pay; you simply go shop somewhere else. The market isn't so sowed up, that Samsung or others don;t have alternatives. Samsung you already make a modem. Maybe it won't work without some patents from Qualcomm. But the all the Galaxy S6's were Exynos only. And they all worked in the USA. So Samsung needs to just improve that tech and leave Qualcomm to its own misery.

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