One of the most contentious antitrust cases of 2019, FTC v. Qualcomm, is in full swing at a courthouse in San Jose, California. With several other legal cases pending for Qualcomm, a lot is at stake. For Qualcomm, its fundamental business model is what’s at risk. For everyone else? Market competition, innovation and national security. […]
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 […]
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint early last year claiming that Qualcomm, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cellular chips, engages in anticompetitive behavior, including refusing to license its competitors, charging excessive royalties and cutting favorable deals with manufacturers who agree not to buy chips from Qualcomm’s competitors. This article explains why the […]
ACI filed comments regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) role in protecting consumer privacy and security and ensuring the competitiveness of U.S. markets while not imposing unnecessary costs on private parties or governmental processes. The filing can be downloaded here.
One particular issue that threatens to delay consumers’ access to 5G is a patent dispute between Qualcomm, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cellular chips, and Apple. Qualcomm claims that some functions of Apple’s smartphones equipped with Intel chips infringe on its patents and has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban imports […]
Among the urgent issues facing President Trump’s nominees for vacant FTC seats is one that is unique in its scope. Republicans Joe Simons, Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson along with Democrat Rohit Chopra are slated for a Senate confirmation hearing tomorrow. If approved, they will inherit the FTC’s civil antitrust action against Qualcomm. And the […]
The events of this year suggest that the antitrust hammer may finally be dropping on Qualcomm, which is good news for just about everyone else, particularly consumers. However, if you ask Qualcomm, they will tell you that the longstanding objections to their business practices from a diverse set of credible sources and institutions are all […]
This week, the newly created White House American Technology Council convened a series of policy discussions on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), something I have discussed here in the past. The news is a welcome and timely development, given the breakneck speed at which IoT technologies are progressing – from driverless cars, to remote […]
Congress takes a lot of heat for gridlock, partisanship and failing to keep its promises. We should applaud it when it takes strong pro-consumer actions like it is right now. To read our latest piece, visit Forbes.
Most consumers don’t care what makes their smartphones work, even though smartphones cost a good chunk of change. As long as they can get online anywhere to search, tweet, download, snap and share; all is well. But it’s the ability to connect to the Internet that makes a smartphone, smart. The technology that enables this […]