Qualcomm (exclusivity payments) (AT.40220) [Archived]
Qualcomm (exclusivity payments) (AT.40220) [Archived]

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CASE HUB (NOTE—appeal lodged by Qualcomm before the General Court in Case T- 235/18)

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 24 January 2018; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline European Commission Article 102 TFEU investigations into Qualcomm, looking at abusive exclusivity payments in relation to baseband chipsets (Case AT.40220).

Latest development On 24 January 2018, the Commission issued its infringement decision against Qualcomm, finding that it abused its dominant position by offering significant exclusivity payments to a key customer on the basis that it would not source supplies from competitors. The Commission imposed a fine of €997,439,000 on Qualcomm.

Parties Qualcomm, a US based company headquartered in San Diego (California), designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services from 157 locations throughout the world. It is the world's largest supplier of baseband chipsets.

Background On 16 July 2015, the Commission announced it had launched two formal investigations into Qualcomm.

On 8 December 2015, the Commission issued a statement of