Justice Department Asks Judge To Pause Antitrust Ruling Against Qualcomm


Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The US Justice Department officially asked a federal appeals court to suspend the enforcement of an extensive antitrust ruling against Qualcomm, citing support from the US Defense Department and the US Energy Department.

“For DoD, Qualcomm is a key player both in terms of its trusted supply chain and as a leader in innovation, and it would be impossible to replace Qualcomm’s critical role in 5G technology in the short term,” Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ellen M. Lord, wrote in a filing made in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

Over the last few years, Qualcomm has been the most powerful and largest supplier of modern chips that connect every smartphone to the wireless data networks.

However, the mobile chip supplier lost in an antitrust lawsuit on May 21st brought by the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year.

US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that this company had engaged in anticompetitive patent-licensing practices in order to maintain a hermetic monopoly on the mobile chip market.

In addition, she ordered the company to license its technology to some of its most powerful competitors, including Huawei, HiSilicon, and MediaTek.

About the pause of the ruling, Koh declined to this and said she would bring the case before he 9th Circuit.

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