20-year-old court filing comes back to haunt Qualcomm in antitrust dispute with U.S FTC

“20 years back from tomorrow, Qualcomm itself brought a motion for partial summary judgment in a SEP dispute with Ericsson in the Eastern District of Texas,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents.

“The objective: obtain a SEP license from Ericsson on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for Qualcomm’s baseband chipsets,” Mueller writes. “The legal basis: a promise Ericsson had made to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a U.S. standard-setting body.”

“In other words,” Mueller writes, “Qualcomm was doing essentially the same thing (same objective, same contractual basis, same stage of proceeding) as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its late-August motion in the Northern District of California that Qualcomm is fighting tooth and nail because it would rather have a monopoly now.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Qualcomm’s house of cards gets even more shaky!

Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, must end.

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    1. Why are so many of these cash-grab claims filed in Texas? They’ve given the state a bad name, as a hangout of cross-eyed claim-jumpers wearing ten-gallon hats that don’t fit.

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