The Japanese FTC challenges "essential" patent licenses (Qualcomm)

The Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") has announced a cease and desist order requiring that Qualcomm Inc. rescind license provisions that required licensees to cross-license their patents to Qualcomm and refrain from asserting their own patents against Qualcomm or Qualcomm licensees. The second such order in the last two years, the JFTC has clearly signaled that it views such provisions as unlawful when imposed by a dominant licensor of "essential" IP rights. The patents in question bear on standards for cellular equipment that had been adopted for use in Japan. In 2000, the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses ("ARIB"), designated by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications as responsible for communications standards in Japan, adopted W-CDMA

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Shinya Watanabe, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Akio Yamada, The Japanese FTC challenges "essential" patent licenses (Qualcomm), 28 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 69936

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