Qualcomm seeks to overturn a US regulation that requires it to renegotiate its patent licensing agreements with automakers at decreased rates.
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The cost of cars equipped with ultra-fast 5G wireless technology is likely to go up if microchip supplier Qualcomm Inc’s patent licensing practices fail to change, a trade group representing major automakers and two leading automotive suppliers said in court filings on Friday. Qualcomm is seeking to overturn a sweeping antitrust decision requiring it to renegotiate its licensing agreements at reasonable prices. Appeal proceedings in the case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission are expected to begin in January, but Qualcomm’s opponents are weighing in early to argue that the anti-trust decision should be allowed to stand.
Trade groups representing the US units of BMW, Ford Motor Co, General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Co, among others, made various claims about adverse effects of Qualcomm’s licensing practices in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Also filing, was a unit of German supplier Continental AG and Japan-based Denso Corp, both makers of “infotainment” and location-tracking car technology.