If someone preach to indicate the manufacturer of the most popular mobile chipset, there is a high probability that the padlooby Qualcomm. Its most recognizable product, ie a series of SoC Snapdragon, boosts at the end of a significant part of the mobile devices of all price levels. Such a strong position in the market, however, is associated with considerable consequences, and one of them is the risk of being taken under the magnifying glass of the competition authorities of the country concerned and consumers. Typically, such a situation does not bode well. There is a high probability that the American company will see soon about this. Rumor has it that the Korean competition authority wants to impose on Qualcomm substantial punishment time.
According to estimates by the Korean competition and consumer protection office, manufacturer Snapdragonów had downloaded from the Korean Manufacturers over 1 billion KRW, giving a bit of approx. 880 million US dollars. Thus even this penalty height can be imposed on Qualcomm.
What led to such a situation? The wrong way of accounting for royalties for the use of your patents by mobile device manufacturers. The US company had charged a fee for a certain percentage of the street prices suggested for the device. According to the regulations, but it is unacceptable because the license fees should be at a fixed rate of one produced chipset used for each patent. As a result, the fee charged by Qualcomm far exceeds acceptable standards, and victims in this way have a number of manufacturers. The list includes, inter alia LG and Samsung, which attracted the attention of the Korean competition authority.
According to manufacturer estimates Snapdragonów had dropped from the Korean Manufacturers over 1 billion KRW, giving a little approx. 880 million US dollars. Thus even this penalty height can be imposed on Qualcomm. The Authority’s decision will probably be announced on July 20, which is today. It is worth noting that the situation described is not the separate case. Similar things are against Qualcommowi driven around the world. Last year ended with an almost identical settlement process in China. There, the American company agreed to pay $ 1 billion to the authorities. The proceedings relating to the same anti-trafficking drive the company from San Diego as the European Commission. It should follow the developments in this case because the situation described would rather not stay without influence over other Qualcomm measures. In the end, even for a big money corporation a billion dollars is not remarkable amount.