LG Electronics joins Korean FTC in lawsuit in opposition to Qualcomm
LG is the newest smartphone maker to affix the KFTC (Korean Truthful Commerce Fee) and different corporations within the lawsuit in opposition to Qualcomm. Whereas Samsungs withdrawal didnt do the lawsuit any favors, LGs new stance strengthens the KFTCs case once more, significantly with LG being a Korean firm.
In response to Enterprise Korea trade sources declare that LG selected to take part within the authorized efforts in opposition to Qualcomm as a result of shaky negotiations in between LG and Qualcomm within the US.
Qualcomms ongoing authorized struggle with Apple not too long ago resulted in Apples iPhones being banned in China and presumably Germany. The chip-maker alleges that Apple incorrectly used two key Qualcomm patents with out paying royalties. The affected units embody all iPhones from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X, all of which had been banned from being bought in China (with the XR and XS additionally presumably being banned).
The KFTC slapped Qualcomm with a 1.03 trillion gained effective ($917.four million) for abusing its patents again in 2016. Since Qualcomm disagrees, the KFTC filed a lawsuit and different corporations joined together with Apple, MediaTek, Intel, Huawei, and Samsung besides Samsung pulled from this preliminary stance after it introduced a cross-license partnership with Qualcomm.
Qualcomm and the KFTC are nonetheless years away from reaching a last verdict.