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Qualcomm accused of forcing deal on Apple to fend off rivals

US government alleges chipmaker illegally maintained monopoly for semiconductors and pocketed elevated royalties

San Francisco

QUALCOMM Inc forced Apple Inc to use its chips exclusively in return for lower licensing fees, unfairly cutting out competitors, the US said in a lawsuit against the biggest maker of mobile phone chips.

Qualcomm's exclusive deal with Apple was detailed in a Federal...

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