【美國智財新聞】「北加州地院於5月21日就FTC v. Qualcomm案作出事實調查與法律結論」摘要


北加州地院於5月21日就FTC v. Qualcomm案作出事實調查與法律結論 (FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW),認定Qualcomm存在不公平競爭行為,違反Sherman Act第一條與第二條,並做出以下的禁制令以作為救濟:

(1) 晶片供貨不得綑綁專利授權,相關授權條款需重談:
Qualcomm must not condition the supply of modem chips on a customer’s patent license status and Qualcomm must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software.

(2) 需FRAND授權給晶片廠商:
Qualcomm must make exhaustive SEP licenses available to modem-chip suppliers on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”) terms and to submit, as necessary, to arbitral or judicial dispute resolution to determine such terms.

(3) 不得簽署獨家晶片供貨合約:
Qualcomm may not enter express or de facto exclusive dealing agreements for the supply of modem chips.

(4) 不得干涉客戶與政府聯繫:
Qualcomm may not interfere with the ability of any customer to communicate with a government agency about a potential law enforcement or regulatory matter.

(5) 需每年向FTC報告上述遵循狀況:
In order to ensure Qualcomm’s compliance with the above remedies, the Court orders Qualcomm to submit to compliance and monitoring procedures for a period of seven (7) years. Specifically, Qualcomm shall report to the FTC on an annual basis Qualcomm’s compliance with the above remedies ordered by the Court.


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