Phonemaker Samsung on Wednesday filed an emergency motion to redact “highly sensitive and confidential” details of its settlement with chipmaker Qualcomm that had “inadvertently” been made public.
The details, which had previously been kept under seal, were disclosed as part of a damning verdict against Qualcomm’s smartphone chip business by Judge Lucy Koh.
Samsung said the revelation that the chipmaker had agreed last year to pay the phonemaker $100m in a settlement would “irreparably harm” its business advantage, since competitors could negotiate “the same or better settlement terms”.
The judge in the California court — who has previously overseen blockbuster trials between Apple and Samsung and antitrust litigation over anti-poaching agreements in Silicon Valley — ruled in favour of the US Federal Trade Commission and against Qualcomm on Tuesday.
Her findings, which run over 230 pages, lifted the lid on details of the chipmaker’s negotiation and litigation tactics.
In a ruling issued late Tuesday, Judge Koh said Qualcomm “strangled competition” in the market for smartphone modems to command “unreasonably high royalty rates” for its intellectual property. Qualcomm said it would seek an expedited appeal of the ruling.
“Samsung continues to study the Court’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, which spans more than 230 pages, to ensure that other previously-sealed confidential material has not been inadvertently disclosed which may need re-sealing,” Samsung said in its motion.
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