Qualcomm is fined $774 million in Taiwan for refusing to properly license its technology

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has fined Qualcomm $774 million for abusing the monopoly it happens to have in the handset market where its chips are widely used in the manufacture of smartphones. With a commanding share of the market in CDMA, WCDMA (3G) and LTE chipsets, the Fair Trade Commission accused the chip maker of holding back on licensing its technology. The Taiwan FTC also is ordering Qualcomm to submit a report twice a year on its negotiations with other firms.

Qualcomm is the middle of similar lawsuits involving Apple and the U.S. FTC. Apple claims that Qualcomm refused to …


Google pays HTC $1.1 billion for certain employees and a non-exclusive IP license

Google and HTC have just announced the completion of a deal. Under the terms of the transaction, certain HTC employees from the “Powered by HTC” R&D division will join Google. A number of these employees were already working with Google to develop the Pixel smartphones. Another part of the deal will give Google a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property. In return, Google will fork over $1.1 billion to the cash starved HTC, which has reported a loss for nine consecutive quarters. With the transaction, Google will be able to use HTC’s IP to help it support the Pixel family of smartphones.

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BlackBerry in talks to license its version of Android called "BlackBerry Secure"

According to a report published today, BlackBerry has started the second phase of its licensing strategy. The first part was to sign licensing deals that allow other companies like TCL to design, produce, deliver and promote BlackBerry handsets. Under this plan, BlackBerry provides the software for phones like the DTEK60 and the BlackBerry KEYone while TCL handles the hardware.

The second phase also involves licensing. BlackBerry is in talks with global smartphone manufacturers to provide them with its secure version of the Android OS. The software is called BlackBerry Secure, which comes …

Search wars: Google may pay Samsung $3.5 billion in license fees

Google is on a licensing renewal spree, and Korean analysts today are chiming in that it may be on the hook for up to $3.5 billion in fees paid to Samsung for carrying its search engine as default, and featuring it prominently on its phones. One look at our Galaxy S8 photo above will tell you why – the Google search bar sits right smack in the middle of the home screen, and there are millions of Samsung phones out there that do the same.
Needless to say, Google hopes to recoup the investment by its ad earnings from its stock search and browsing apps Samsung has …