Why can’t we be FRANDs: The Tipline for 13 May 2019

Federal Trade Commission staff lawyers have responded to the Department of Justice’s “untimely” call for a hearing on remedies in the Qualcomm litigation, suggesting that Judge Lucy Koh ignore the Antitrust Division’s statement of interest. Of course, that doesn’t tell us whether a majority of FTC commissioners disagree with the division’s leadership over obligations to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Meanwhile, Commissioner Rohit Chopra said in Chicago that the agency is discussing how to root out potential enforcement shortcomings.

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