The Chinese NDRC imposes its highest fine in Chinese antitrust history in an abuse of dominance case (Qualcomm)

China’s Record $1 Billion Fine Against Qualcomm Could Signal A Tough New Antitrust Cop On The Block* China’s imposition of a nearly $1 billion fine on Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of smartphone chips, is noteworthy not just because it is a record-breaking antitrust fine for China, but also because it serves as a warning for international companies that antitrust enforcement now spans the globe. As reported on February 9, 2015, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reached a long-awaited settlement with Qualcomm, following a 14-month antitrust investigation into Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices. The San-Diego based chipmaker, which makes about half of its global revenue in China, agreed to pay a record fine of $975 million, the highest penalty

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James Ashe-Taylor, The Chinese NDRC imposes its highest fine in Chinese antitrust history in an abuse of dominance case (Qualcomm), 9 February 2015, e-Competitions February 2015, Art. N° 71684

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