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Qualcomm 4, Apple 1: the legal verdicts mount up, but no knock-out blow

Like most major legal battles in the smartphone industry, Qualcomm’s war with Apple looks set to drag on for years, with points scored on both sides, but no knock-out blow. Last week, a US federal judge ruled that the chip provider owes Apple, one of its biggest modem customers, almost $1bn in licensing-related fees. But Qualcomm responded by highlighting its victories in four markets, including one just announced in Japan. The antitrust case in Japan had gone on for almost nine years before the decision was made, in Qualcomm’s favor, last week.  The Japanese proceedings started in 2009 when the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) started an investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices in the country, and whether they violated antitrust…

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