While Qualcomm is fighting against the antitrust charges imposed by the Federal Trade Commission in the United States, it has just lost a lawsuit against another FTC: the Fair Trade Commission in Korea.
The Korean FTC fined Qualcomm a total of 273 billion won ($ 242 million) for antitrust actions taken from 2000 to 2009, but the chip maker refused to pay …
He rejected the 2009 judgment and decided to challenge it in court. The case was brought before the High Court of Seoul in 2013, which ruled against the American company. Without getting discouraged, Qualcomm appealed the decision to the country's Supreme Court.
It took another six years to get a decision, but The Korea Herald reports that the court upheld the illegality of Qualcomm's behavior and upheld most of the fines.
On the sentence of 273 billion won, the court ruled that the chip maker should pay at least 200 billion won [$180M]while the rest must be re-examined before a lower court.
Qualcomm, which supplies communication chips to Korean smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, has been criticized for giving incentives to smartphone companies that used more than a certain amount of mobile and carrier radio frequency chips. . Such a practice, the court said, has forced mobile phone companies to not receive chips from their rivals. The bribes given to phone manufacturers in 2000-2009 amounted to millions of dollars per quarter.
Upon returning to the United States, both parties to the antitrust proceedings presented their evidence and presented their closing arguments. We are now waiting for the judge's decision. The Federal Trade Commission said the evidence against Qualcomm was "overwhelming," while the chip maker said the FTC had failed to prove "actual harm."
US Judge Lucy Koh of the US District warned that it will take some time for her to make a decision.
The legal battles between Apple and Qualcomm are also continuing. According to the latest developments, a US court has declared itself opposed to Apple, claiming that Qualcomm could not seek damages for patent infringement until the chip maker commits its prosecution. Separately, a German court has ruled against Qualcomm on four of its patent infringement actions and will later rule on four others.
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