On February 13th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments concerning whether chip maker Qualcomm should be forced to license its hard-won patents to competitors such as Huawei. A lower court ruled that the company must share intellectual property with rivals to avoid engaging in anti-competitive behavior, but applying that principle globally rather than just within U.S. borders is a novel interpretation of antitrust law. If the lower court ruling is upheld, the Qualcomm precedent could have devastating consequences for U.S. economic and military security. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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