Posts in Antitrust


Qualcomm Reaches Settlement With Taiwan Free Trade Commission Wiping Out Most of $773M Antitrust Penalty

On Thursday, August 9th, San Diego, CA-based semiconductor developer Qualcomm Inc. announced that it reached a mutually agreed settlement with the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) which …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

Has Big Tech Finally Become Too Big for the FTC to Ignore?

Some of the questions the FTC is interested in investigating and discussing during this inquiry include whether changes in the economy and evolving businesses have created competition …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 5

Federal Circuit Denies Petition for Rehearing En Banc in Xitronix Appeal on Walker Process Claims

On Friday, June 15th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc in Xitronix Corporation v. KLA-Tencor …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

FTC v. Actavis: Where We Stand After 5 Years

It has been five years since FTC v. Actavis. In that landmark ruling, the Supreme Court held that settlements by which brand-name drug companies pay generics to …
By Michael Carrier
2 months ago 4

Tech Giants Maintain Dominance By Copying Technologies

Although it’s not illegal to earn a profit, unfair business practices in the pursuit of holding a monopoly over an entire industry led to the breakup …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 3

Standard Essential Patents, Antitrust and Market Power

Antitrust agency communications, such as the EU Commission’s Horizontal Guidelines and the FTC/DOJ Licensing Guidelines underline that market power does not necessarily result from patent …
By Peter Georg Picht
9 months ago 2

The New Era of Antitrust Law and Policy in Standards: Embracing Evidence Based Policy-making

On November 10, 2017, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) new top antitrust enforcer, Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Makan Delrahim, delivered a powerful speech on antitrust law and …
By Dr. Kirti Gupta
9 months ago 0

Qualcomm’s Antitrust War and The Patent Licensing Issues

Even at ground level, where American courts in San Diego and San Jose are now being called on to apply the law laid out in prior court …
By Michael Salzman
10 months ago 2

Korean court upholds $912M Qualcomm fine as tech rivals continue to make antitrust claims

On Monday, September 4th, a South Korean court denied a request made by San Diego, CA-based semiconductor developer Qualcomm Inc. to rescind a fine levied last December …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 0

ITC opens patent infringement investigation after Qualcomm files complaint against Apple

On Tuesday, August 8th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it was opening up an investigation on claims that Cupertino, CA-based consumer electronics behemoth …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Why is the government suspicious of patent owners who don’t want to vertically integrate?

Why does U.S. policy with respect to patent owners and patent licensing seem to be in direct opposition to U.S. antitrust policy relating to vertical …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 10

Qualcomm ramps up its patent battle against Apple by asserting six non-SEPs in Section 337 complaint filed with ITC

The Qualcomm complaint alleges Section 337 violations of patent infringement caused by the importation and sale of certain mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components facilitated …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 122

Enforcing Post-Sale Restrictions After Lexmark: Contracts and Antitrust Issues

Like Lexmark, many technology companies rely on aftermarket revenue streams to fund ongoing investments in research and development needed to remain competitive in hotly contested technology markets. …
By Jacob Kramer
1 year ago 3

Declines in U.S. innovation, entrepreneurship the focus at Capitol Hill patent policy event

At the same time that America’s business climate has become too acidic for a vast majority of domestic startups, the nation has also been losing its …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 8

Qualcomm strikes back, sues Apple for tortious interference and unlawful business tactics

Qualcomm accused Apple of engaging in tortious interference relating to Qualcomm’s licensing activities with Apple’s contract manufacturers. Specifically, Qualcomm asserts that Apple pressured contract manufacturers …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

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