Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jan 2018 14:34 UTC
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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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Scum
by jonsmirl on Wed 24th Jan 2018 15:17 UTC
jonsmirl
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2005-07-06

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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RE: Scum
by Drumhellar on Wed 24th Jan 2018 19:26 in reply to "Scum"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

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.


You're getting your patents confused - the FAT32 patent was only ever leveraged against TomTom. The Linux VFAT driver was quickly changed to avoid the patent (Which was for storing short and long filenames together)

The patents that Microsoft receives money from from Android vendors is on the exFAT driver, and that is because exFAT support is required for SDXC support, and is only one of the technologies you're licensing with that $5-$15 licensing fee for SDXC

While I disagree with software patents in principle, the patents for exFAT at least are significantly more complex than the simple "gatekeeper" patent situation you described.

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RE: Scum
by Kochise on Wed 24th Jan 2018 19:30 in reply to "Scum"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Quite fun considering the EU agreed to allow Quallcomm to buy NXP, helping them to become into another "dominant market position".

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RE[2]: Scum
by kwan_e on Wed 24th Jan 2018 21:19 in reply to "RE: Scum"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Quite fun considering the EU agreed to allow Quallcomm to buy NXP, helping them to become into another "dominant market position".


If they blocked them, they would have been accused of interfering with the market and blah blah blah monopolies aren't bad blah blah blah Brussels blah.

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