In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stated that it will not debate whether Qualcomm participates in anti-competitive patent licensing practices to maintain a market monopoly on modem chips that connect smartphones to wireless networks.

On August 11, a panel of three judges from the 9th Circuit said that the US Federal Trade Commission failed to confirm that Qualcomm’s approach had an anti-competitive impact on the cellular market. The FTC has asked the entire court to re-debate and reconsider the panel decision.

“In fact, none of the judges of the Ninth Circuit considered it necessary to consider the value of the FTC petition, or even to require Qualcomm to respond. This proves the strength and clarity of the expert panel’s comprehensive analysis and conclusions. We thank the court. Hard work and hard work.” Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg (Don Rosenberg) said in a statement. The Federal Trade Commission declined to comment.

The Court of Appeals in August reversed a lower court ruling against Qualcomm in an lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

In a filed by the FTC, Qualcomm is in conflict with a ruling made by US District Judge Lucy Koh in May 2019. Koh supports the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He wrote that Qualcomm requires phone manufacturers to sign a patent license agreement before selling chips to it, which “stifles competition” and hurts consumers.

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