Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Qualcomm's German outside counsel: all mobile communications technology resides in baseband chipset

In the FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust litigation, particularly in its opposition to the FTC's motion for summary judgment on chipset-level licensing, Qualcomm disputed that cellular standards are implemented by baseband chips. Qualcomm claimed that only "complete devices" can implement cellular standards (which failed to persuade Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California).

That's why I just can't help but share a soundbite from today's Nokia v. Daimler patent infringement hearing in Munich. Today, Quinn Emanuel's Dr. Marcus Grosch represented Daimler against Nokia's standard-essential patent (SEP) assertions. But he also represented Qualcomm in its German patent infringement actions against Apple. Here's a fundamental truth he told the Munich court today:

"All that we're talking about with respect to mobile communications technologies is ultimately in the baseband chip."

That quote made my day--and justifies an unusually short blog post by my standards.

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