Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know

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Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know

By Shara Tibken

The US Federal Trade Commission has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology.

Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that's essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components.

Qualcomm has denied the allegations and says the FTC doesn't have evidence of any anticompetitive behavior against rival chipmakers.

The two sides have said they've been working on a settlement, but the judge in the case wouldn't delay the trial.

Read the full article here.

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