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Taiwan Hits Qualcomm With $774 Million Fine

Taiwan Hits Qualcomm With $774 Million Fine

The Taiwanese regulator said Qualcomm has monopoly market status over key mobile phone standards and, by not providing products to clients who don't agree with its conditions, the company is violating local laws.

A San Diego-based company hit with a multi-million dollar fine by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) following an investigation says it will be appealing the decision. Qualcomm didn't respond to a request for comment from FierceWireless and did not immediately issue a statement on the matter.

The decision handed down Wednesday follows other similar fines levied by regulators in the U.S., China, South Korea and South Korea.

Similarly Qualcomm's $975 million fine from China looks puny set against Qualcomm's $11 billion annual revenues from China.




The Taiwanese regular further stated that "Qualcomm holds big number of standard essential patents in CDMA, WCDMA and LTE segments and is the dominant provider of CDMA, WCDMA and LTE baseband chips".

The commission said that Qualcomm's dominance in CDMA and LTE chips, as well as its major patent holdings for both technologies, let the company abuse its position and refuse to license necessary patents.

According to Bloomberg, the Taiwanese regulator said that Qualcomm has been violating antitrust rules for at least seven years, during which time the company collected NT$400 billion ($13.23 billion) from local businesses.

The FTC said that in 15 days after Qualcomm receives a formal legal document on the punishment from the commission, the firm should pay the fine if it does not appeal the decision in a court here.


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