The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision imposing a near-billion euro fine on a chip manufacturer for exclusivity payments to phone producer (Qualcomm)

The judgment is a rare full annulment in an abuse of dominance case, and the first of an Article 102 TFEU decision adopted by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Background On 24 January 2018, the European Commission (EC) imposed a fine of EUR 997 million on Qualcomm for breaching Article 102 TFEU. Baseband chipsets enable smartphones and tablets to connect to cellular networks and are used both for voice and data transmission. Chipsets can be compatible with one or more cellular communication standards, such as Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) or Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standards. The EC found that Qualcomm held a dominant position in the global market for 4G LTE baseband chipsets and that Qualcomm abused that market dominance between February 2011 and September

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  • Clifford Chance (London)

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Sabra Ferhat, The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision imposing a near-billion euro fine on a chip manufacturer for exclusivity payments to phone producer (Qualcomm), 15 June 2022, e-Competitions September 2022, Art. N° 108356

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