Date
17 December 2017
Qualcomm has failed in its bid to get an order by South Korea's antitrust body suspended. Photo: Bloomberg
Qualcomm has failed in its bid to get an order by South Korea's antitrust body suspended. Photo: Bloomberg

S Korea court rejects Qualcomm request over antitrust body order

A South Korean court on Monday rejected Qualcomm’s request to suspend an order by the country’s antitrust agency to take corrective action on the way it licenses patents, Reuters reports.

In December, the Korea Fair Trade Commission fined Qualcomm 1.03 trillion won (US$912.34 million) for what it called unfair business practices in patent licensing and modem chip sales.

The regulator also ordered the US firm to negotiate in good faith with rival chipmakers on patent licensing, and renegotiate chip supply agreements with mobile phone makers if requested.

If the order is upheld, such measures would affect Qualcomm’s dealings with major tech firms including Apple, Intel, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies.

Qualcomm subsequently filed two lawsuits with the Seoul High Court, one calling for the nullification of the regulator’s decision and another seeking the suspension of the corrective order until a ruling on the first is made.

The court turned down the suspension request because it did not believe the regulator’s order would pose a risk of “irreparable damage” to Qualcomm, a spokeswoman told Reuters.

The court is yet to make a ruling on the first lawsuit calling for the cancellation of the regulator’s decision, according to the report.

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