Qualcomm have had their request rejected in South Korea for an order suspension. Qualcomm had originally requested for an order by the country’s antitrust agency to change the way it licenses patents to be suspended, but a Korean Court has rejected the request on the grounds because it did not believe the regulator’s order would pose a risk of “irreparable damage” to Qualcomm, a spokeswoman told Reuters.
The request comes after the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) fined Qualcomm 1.03 trillion won ($912.34 million) for what it called unfair business practices in patent licensing and modem chip sales. The regulator also ordered the U.S. firm to negotiate in good faith with rival chipmakers on patent licensing, and renegotiate chip supply agreements with mobile phone makers if requested.
Qualcomm filed two lawsuits with the Seoul High Court, one calling for the nullification of the regulator’s decision and another seeking the suspension of the corrective order until a ruling on the first is made. A second ruling on the lawsuit calling for the cancellation of the regulator’s decision is also expected.
Qualcomm were unavailable for immediate comment.