US: Judge denies Qualcomm, FTC request for more time

Federal judge Lucy Koh has denied a request from Qualcomm and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to delay a key ruling in an anti-monopoly lawsuit so the two sides can work on a potential settlement.
The FTC and Qualcomm filed a joint motion on Monday, October 15, seeking 30 days before San Jose US District Judge Lucy Koh makes a ruling on whether Qualcomm must license its standard essential patents to rival chipmakers, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Both sides stated the delay would “facilitate the parties’ ongoing discussions concerning the potential settlement of this litigation,” according to court records.

Koh denied the request within minutes without explanation, according to court filings. A hearing on whether Qualcomm is obligated to license rival chipmakers was scheduled for Thursday, October 18, but Koh announced last week that she would make a ruling without taking oral arguments.

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