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Japan FTC to investigate Qualcomm's practices

Posted: 13 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? Qualcomm Japan? Japan Fair Trade Commission? JFTC? licensing?

Qualcomm Inc. disclosed that the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has notified its Japanese subsidiary, Qualcomm Japan, that the JFTC may investigate the company's licensing and chip business practices in the country.

The JFTC did not reveal the timing for any investigation or identity of any complainant. ''Qualcomm will cooperate with the JFTC to establish that all of Qualcomm's activities in Japan are lawful and foster competition,'' said Steve Altman, president of the company, in a statement.

Last October, Broadcom, Texas Instruments (TI) joined Ericsson, NEC, Nokia and Panasonic Mobile Communications in each asking the European Commission to investigate and stop alleged anticompetitive conduct by Qualcomm in the licensing of essential patents for 3G mobile technology.

TI and Broadcom broadened their unfair trade practices allegations against Qualcomm and have lodged complaints with South Korea's Fair Trade Commission, alleging the cellular phone modem chips maker had abused its dominant position in the market there.

Qualcomm has also been the subject of similar complaints in India.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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