Qualcomm forced to license its patents to other chip makers

In an ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm led by the Federal Trade Commission, the company is forced to license its patents to its rivals, according to a preliminary ruling by the US federal court judge. This would potentially eliminate the possibility of Qualcomm achieving monopoly in the chip maker market.

The judge said that if the company doesn’t license its patents for building modems to the competition like Samsung, Huawei and Intel, it would obstruct or limit competing implementations of the patented components.

Qualcomm has licensed its tech to rivals before but has never shared its essential patents. If the judge’s verdict becomes final, this would open up new possibilities for the market in the field of modems and other chip makers like Samsung and Intel would build modems of their own. And that, of course, is good for competition and the end consumer.