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Qualcomm-Apple Legal Battle Threatens Innovation

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Report Summary:

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm raises important issues such as whether companies should get paid for essential IP, the development of future wireless standards, the definition of anti-competitive behavior, and the future of innovation itself in wireless and wireless components.  The report closes with an outline of some simple steps component companies can consider to minimize IP risks such as those revealed by the Apple-Qualcomm battle.


Table of Contents

1.    Executive Summary3
2.    Analysis4
2.1    US FTC Sues Qualcomm5
2.2    Apple Sues Qualcomm5
2.3    Standards-Essential Patent Portfolios in the Wireless Industry7
2.4    Evaluating SEPs: What is Fair and Reasonable?8
2.5    Qualcomm’s Licensing9
2.6    FRAND and Royalty Stacking11
2.7    Other Filings and Actions13
2.7.1    The Master Software Agreements13
2.7.2    Other Government Suits13
2.8    Innovators Versus IP Users: The Health of the Patent and IP Ecosystem14
3.    Implications and Conclusions17
4.    Appendices21
5.    How Can We Help You?27

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