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 …


Federal judge sides with iPhone manufacturers and against Qualcomm by refusing to toss countersuit

A federal judge today refused to toss out a lawsuit filed by manufacturers that build devices for Apple, against chip maker Qualcomm. The latter had sought a dismissal of the suit which would have resulted in Qualcomm receiving royalty payments from the manufacturers. With the judge’s decision, the manufacturers are now allowed to continue withholding these payments to Qualcomm.

The lawsuit involves patents owned by Qualcomm that are considered essential to the production of smartphones. Because these patents are so important, licensing is supposed to be done in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory …

Is Samsung refusing to honor some eligible trades for its $200 Galaxy S8/S8+ deal?

Samsung recently announced a trade-in deal for which it would accept any handset meeting certain conditions, and take $200 or more off the price of an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ for AT&T, US Cellular, or Verizon. The phone is purchased from Samsung.com at the discounted price, and the trade is then sent to Sammy. If your trade doesn’t qualify for one reason or another, you will be charged $175 extra on your original payment method since all trades are worth at least $25. No matter what Samsung offers you for the trade, you cannot get back the phone you sent in.

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