The U.S. Federal Trade Commission:
Extracted exclusivity from Apple in exchange for reduced patent
royalties. Qualcomm precluded Apple from sourcing baseband
processors from Qualcomm’s competitors from 2011 to 2016. Qualcomm
recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would
become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from
working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s
I wonder who brought this complaint to the FTC — Apple, Qualcomm’s competitors, or both?
The Commission vote to file the complaint was 2-1. Commissioner
Maureen K. Ohlhausen dissented and issued a statement. Both a
public and sealed version of the complaint were filed in the U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of California on January
Ohlhausen’s dissent is quite brief, and worth a read.
★ Tuesday, 17 January 2017