Qualcomm Must Look Beyond CDMA as Regulators Lurk

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Qualcomm COO Len Lauer talks to Stacey Higginbotham on stage at Mobilize 2009 in San Francisco.

Qualcomm COO Len Lauer talks to Stacey Higginbotham on stage at Mobilize 2009 in San Francisco.

the country’s Fair Trade Commission today ordered it

The wireless chip company also faces a similar investigation tied to its licensing terms in Europe. And South Korea’s antitrust agency fined Qualcomm $200 million in July and ordered it to stop forcing companies such as Samsung and LG to bundle certain chipsets together under the Qualcomm license agreement. Qualcomm, which owns the intellectual property associated with the 3G CDMA networking standard, has a history of such disputes. Maybe it’s a good thing the company’s been preparing so hard for the wane of its 3G licensing gravy train.

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Pavan K

Is this not another example of large corporate patents and I.P. massively hindering the freedoms and consequently potential innovations of (smaller) partner technology companies?

It was interesting to see what a long history of disputes they have and even more interesting to see that Japan and South Korea lead in protecting such rights. Will we follow suit in the west? No pun on suit intended.

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