After calling Huawei a threat to U.S. national security, telling allies not to use the company's networking equipment, banning its devices from U.S. military bases, and whispering to AT&T and Verizon that they shouldn't offer the Mate 10 Pro to its customers, the U.S. government is asking the company to provide testimony in the FTC's trial against Qualcomm.
The ten-day non jury trial began on Friday as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tries to convince Judge Lucy Koh that Qualcomm acts like an anti-competitive monopoly in the way it licenses its patents. Both Huawei and Lenovo testified that Qualcomm threatened to stop providing them with chips unless they continued to pay Qualcomm's licensing fees.
In a video deposition played in court, Huawei General Counsel Nanfen Yu explained that back in 2013, Qualcomm told Huawei that if it wanted to keep receiving CDMA chips, it would have to extend its licensing agreement with Qualcomm. Nanfen said that the chip maker made "it very clear that we have to sign a license agreement in some form. We had no choice." Qualcomm responded in court that it never withheld chips from Huawei or Lenovo even when they both were negotiating a new agreement for components to be used in both firm's networking equipment.
The trial is taking place in San Jose, California, and runs through January 28th. If the FTC wins, Qualcomm will have to make sweeping changes in the way that it licenses its intellectual property.