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Qualcomm Defends Business Model in FTC Antitrust Appeal (1)

Feb. 13, 2020, 9:36 PM

The Federal Trade Commission’s defense of a sweeping antitrust ruling against Qualcomm Inc. drew sharp questions from appeals court judges in a case that threatens to cripple the chipmaker’s most profitable business.

It’s a “challenging case,” Circuit Judge Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson, a Bill Clinton appointee, said as the three-judge panel completed an hour grilling lawyers on all sides Thursday.

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled last year that Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the market for cellphone chips and ordered the company to renegotiate its license agreements with phonemakers. The order was put on hold while...

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