US: LG takes action on Qualcomm dispute

Sales of LG Electronics’ new 5G smartphone looked uncertain on Wednesday after the firm said it was unable to narrow differences with Qualcomm to renew a chip license deal that is due to expire this month, reported Reuters.

In a US court filing late on Tuesday, the South Korean firm opposed Qualcomm’s efforts to put a sweeping US antitrust decision against it on hold, arguing setting the ruling aside could force it into signing another unfair deal.

“If Qualcomm does not participate in negotiations with LGE in accordance with the Court’s Order, LGE will have no option but to conclude license and chipset supply agreements once again on Qualcomm’s terms,” LG’s filing in the federal court in San Jose, California said.

Reuters stated LG’s existing deal runs until 30 June and it effectively has no choice but to conclude a deal on Qualcomm’s terms because it relies on the San Diego company’s modem chips.

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