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Court orders Qualcomm to give rival tech access

Reuters

A Qualcomm sign is seen during the China International Import Expo, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, on Tuesday.

Reuters A U.S. federal judge ruled on Tuesday that chip seller Qualcomm Inc. must license some of its technology to competitors such as Intel Corp.

The preliminary ruling came in an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in early 2017. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial next year.

The preliminary ruling by Judge Lucy Koh in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said that Qualcomm must license some patents involved in making so-called modem chips, which help smart phones connect to wireless data networks, to rival chip firms.

Qualcomm and the FTC had jointly asked Koh last month to delay ruling on the issue for up to 30 days while they pursued settlement talks.

Koh denied that motion on Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear whether the ruling would affect the settlement talks. Qualcomm shares were down about 0.3 percent to $63.26 after the news.

Qualcomm did not immediately return a request for comment. The FTC and Intel declined to comment.

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