Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jan 2018 14:34 UTC

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.

Qualcomm sounds like an upstanding company. Of course, they are appealing the decision.

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by jonsmirl on Wed 24th Jan 2018 15:17 UTC
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Qualcomm is scum and manipulating the patent system to extract unjustified royalties. It is sickening that gatekeeper patents can be used to extract tens of billions in royalties.

What is a gatekeeper patent? The poster child for a gatekeeper patent is the Microsoft FAT32 patent. That was about three hours of work that has resulted in $20B in royalties being paid. That patent allows a useless piece of technology to control access to Windows compatibility.

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