Qualcomm was sued for 480 million pounds for anti-competitive conduct in the UK | Instant News


The consumer group “Which?” claimed that because of the dominance of chip manufacturers, it charges false technology licensing fees from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung.

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The British Consumer Rights Association has sued Qualcomm, accusing it of using its advantages in the patent licensing and chipset manufacturing market to violate British competition laws.

The consumer group “Which?” claimed that because of the dominance of chip manufacturers, it charges false technology licensing fees from manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung.

Then, the increased price will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices.

“We believe that Qualcomm’s approach is anti-competitive. So far, it has taken about 480 million pounds from the pockets of British consumers.” Which? CEO Anabel Hoult said in a statement.

“We are issuing a clear warning that if a company like Qualcomm is addicted to manipulation that may harm consumers, [we are] Ready to take action. “

Since October 1, 2015, the consumer group is seeking compensation for all affected Apple and Samsung smartphone purchases. If the lawsuit is successful, approximately 29 million Britons are entitled to payment.

According to the organization’s estimates, each consumer can get up to £30, depending on the type of smartphone, but most consumers will get about £17.

It is said that Hoult’s team has recommended Qualcomm to settle the claim without filing a lawsuit by returning the money to consumers.

In the past few years, Qualcomm’s anti-competitive behavior has been repeatedly hit. In 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm for licensing business.

It has also been fined up to US$2.6 billion for antitrust actions in China, South Korea and Taiwan. In the past few years, the European Commission imposed a fine of approximately 1.2 billion euros on Qualcomm for violating competition laws and abusing its dominant market position.

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