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FTC, Qualcomm dig in for high-stakes antitrust trial
10 January 2019 00:00
The trial pitting the US Federal Trade Commission against cellular chip maker Qualcomm is underway in a federal courtroom in Silicon Valley. For three days the two sides have presented diametrically opposed viewpoints on Qualcomm's dominance in the modem chip market for high end wireless devices. The trial is less than halfway complete, and Qualcomm has yet to offer its own evidence, but there's still plenty to break down.
Qualcomm launched its defense against the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust claims by invoking 30 years of corporate R&D history that it says fostered a vibrant global smartphone market, as a 10-day trial began today in Silicon Valley that will illuminate the heart of the smartphone connectivity industry.
A top executive at Intel accused Qualcomm of engaging in a patent-licensing policy designed specifically to thwart competition in the cellular modem market, and refused to concede that her company was unable to compete because of technological inferiority.