On Monday, companies such as Tesla, Ford, Honda, Intel, HP and others urged the FTC to appeal a ruling made earlier this month surrounding Qualcomm’s patent licensing procedure. Reuters first reported the news following the letter’s publication.
The issue at hand surrounds Qualcomm’s practice of requiring companies using its chips to sign a patent license agreement before actually selling any chips. Each company signed onto the letter says this practice will make future connected vehicle technology more expensive as the practice weeds out competition.
Qualcommin May 2019 and the judge presiding over the case wrote the chip maker’s practice “strangled competition.” However, in the latest appeal, a three-judge panel ruled in the company’s favor.
The FTC declined to comment, but the automakers and tech companies underscored their feelings surrounding the matter in the letter.
“This decision would endanger domestic competitiveness, as well as weaken the ability of the FTC to protect consumers through future enforcement actions. Qualcomm’s licensing practices reinforced its product monopoly, excluded rivals, and harmed the competitive process.”