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Federal Trade Commission Carries on Lonely Battle With Qualcomm

Nov. 23, 2019, 5:47 AM

Putting itself on the opposite side of the Trump administration, the Federal Trade Commission defended its antitrust case against Qualcomm Inc., saying a federal judge was right to rule the chipmaker is abusing its patents.

The FTC urged an appeals court to affirm a ruling that Qualcomm unfairly leveraged the company’s market position to force customers to pay inflated prices for chips and patent royalties. The FTC’s filing was made late Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

“Qualcomm attacks a caricature of the district court’s careful analysis and studiously ignores what transpired at trial,” the ...