Trump urged to continue patent case v Qualcomm

An influential group of technology companies including Intel, Samsung Electronics, Dell and HP have written to President Donald Trump urging him not to interfere with an Obama administration antitrust case against Qualcomm Inc over its patent licensing practices.

Several conservative groups wrote to President Trump earlier this year asking him to stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from pursuing the lawsuit against Qualcomm.

Now, about a dozen companies and trade groups have sent Trump a letter encouraging him to allow the FTC lawsuit filed on January 20, 2017, in federal court in California “to run its course without prejudice or political interference.”

The group wrote: “We strongly feel that leadership and guidance by the FTC and other U.S. agencies to address patent abuse involving standardized technologies are vital to our nation’s innovation and economic development, and should be supported by the administration …

“While we take no position here on the merits of this case, the critical issues it raises deserve a robust adjudication.

“Those that disagree with any of the allegations in the FTC’s complaint will have their day in U.S. court.

“The U.S. intellectual property system and the U.S. courts have served – and continue to serve – as a model for the rest of the world. 

“The FTC’s complaint is well in line with mainstream, broadly supported legal approaches.

“By not acting, the U.S. might risk losing its voice or influence in foreign jurisdictions, particularly in jurisdictions where both protection for legitimate patent rights and enforcement against patent abuses is weak.

“In short, the impartial and substantive determination of an FTC action in a U.S. court is critical to supporting a successful U.S. market and U.S. business environment.

“Such a process is, in the end, good for the U.S. economy and job market. We encourage the administration to support this robust agency and court process.”