Early this month, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary ruling in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case against Qualcomm, finding that the company must license its standard essential patent (SEP) technology to rival chipmakers. This is a significant blow to the chipmaker, coming on the heels of September’s neutral fact-finding decision by Judge Pender at the U.S. International Trade Commission not to block Apple products with Intel chipsets from importation to the U.S. market because doing so would be against the public interest.

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