Qualcomm Faces Allegations Over Certain Practices in Korea

Qualcomm said today the Korean Fair Trade Commission has made allegations about “the lawfulness of certain business practices.” The company says the allegations, set forth in a case examiner’s report, relate to Qualcomm’s integration of multimedia technologies into its chipsets, which are widely used in cell phones, along with “rebates and discounts provided to its chipset customers.” The San Diego wireless giant says the report does not indicate what specific remedies the commission is seeking. Qualcomm says it believes its actions in Korea have been lawful and it plans to respond to the commission’s allegations in coming months. Qualcomm said in 2006 that commission officials had “visited” its Korean offices, seeking information about its dealings with Samsung, LG and Pantech Co.

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