S&C Critical Insights–Implications of the Ninth Circuit's Qualcomm Patent Licensing Decision

August 21, 2020

In this episode of S&C’s Critical InsightsGarrard Beeney, co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, is joined by Antitrust Special Counsel Sophie Vandergrift to discuss the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in the FTC’s suit against Qualcomm over its patent licensing program. The opinion overturned the district court’s ruling for the FTC, and handed Qualcomm a resounding victory. Garrard and Sophie provide an overview of the Ninth Circuit’s decision, discuss some of the Court’s key holdings, and offer thoughts about the decision’s implications for patent holders, companies doing business with patent holders, and dynamic technology markets in general.