Six technology companies have filed complaints with the European Commission alleging anti-competitive conduct by Qualcomm Inc.
Broadcom Corp., Ericsson, NEC Corp., Nokia Corp., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. and Texas Instruments Inc. announced they had filed the complaints Oct. 28.
The complaints call on the EU to investigate and stop alleged anti-competitive conduct in the licensing of patents for a new generation of cell phones and related devices.
“The companies state that Qualcomm is violating EU competition law and failing to meet the commitments Qualcomm made to international standard bodies around the world that it would license its technology on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms,” said a statement issued by the six companies. “Absent these commitments, the WCDMA 3G standard would not have been adopted.”
Qualcomm, in a statement, countered that its licensing practices are “fair, reasonable and pro-competitive.” The San Diego company called the allegations “factually inaccurate and legally meritless.”
, Brad Graves