China's Antitrust Sentence and Its Impact on Qualcomm and the Chinese Industry
In 2014, the Mobile China Alliance reported to the Chinese NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission), alleging Qualcomm of harming China's mobile phone industry. After 14 months of anti-trust investigation, Qualcomm is found guilty of violating Chinese antitrust laws and sentenced to a fine of US$975 million. On top of that, Qualcomm is prohibited to sell bundled patents to Chinese companies. Master in the core technology of communications, Qualcomm has its main source of profit from royalties of patent licensing. This report examines the impact of China's anti-trust sentence on Qualcomm, the overall chip industry and China's mobile phone industry.
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