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Qualcomm is accused of overcharging for patents that smartphone makers have to buy to meet industry standards for cellular communications. A district judge ruled in May last year the US chipmaker had “strangled competition” and ordered drastic changes to its sales practices.

The DoJ argued that even if Qualcomm had charged “unreasonably high” prices, that would be allowed under US competition law, saying that to find otherwise could “radically undermine important incentives to innovate”.

Its lawyers have argued that a loss for Qualcomm could damage national security by “potentially undermining US leadership in 5G technology and standard-setting, which is vital to military readiness and other critical national interests”.

In 2018, the US cited national security concerns when it blocked a $142bn bid for Qualcomm by Singapore’s Broadcom.

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