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Qualcomm goes to court for info from Samsung

Qualcomm is asking a U.S. judge to let it use Samsung Electronics’ words against it in a Korea licensing fee fight.

The chipmaker wants to counter Samsung’s complaints about its patent licensing practices to a Korean regulator by showing that the handset manufacturer has defended identical conduct in multiple legal battles. Qualcomm on Tuesday asked a federal magistrate judge in San Jose, California, to order Samsung to turn over information it called essential to its defense before Korea’s Fair Trade Commission.

Qualcomm gets the majority of its profit from licensing patents that cover some of the fundamental technology of modern phone networks. The chipmaker has faced regulatory challenges across the globe and earlier this year paid a fine and agreed to charge a smaller percentage on locally sold handsets in China. The company also is the subject of regulatory investigations in the U.S. and Europe.

Information from prior matters will show that Samsung “is taking inconsistent positions” depending on whether it is the licensor of standard-essential patents or the licensee, according to a January filing in the San Jose court by Qualcomm.

The San Diego-based chipmaker said it needs a U.S. court order for access to documents because there are no procedures under Korean law to compel Samsung to turn over the information it seeks. Qualcomm is also trying to obtain records from MediaTek USA, Intel, Apple and Texas Instruments, all of which have opposed the company’s requests.

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