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The Qualcomm Decision: discover why?

Competition
Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:00 - 20:30

Venue: Renaissance EU Hotel  |  City: Brussel

Speaker:

Brice Allibert, Deputy Head of Unit

Antitrust - IT, Internet, Consumer Electronics

DG COMP
European Commission
Brussels

Location:

By teleconference
In-person: Renaissance EU Hotel
Rue du Parnasse, 19
1050, Brussels

CPD:

Accredited for 1.5 hours CPD (UK SRA)

Cost:

Normal registrations close on Friday 06 July

On 24 January 2018, the European Commission fined Qualcomm €997 million for abusing its market dominance by paying Apple to exclusively use Qualcomm chipsets in its iPhones and iPads (‘the Decision’). 

Qualcomm appealed the Decision on 06 April 2018. 

In January 2017, the Federal Trade Commission had sued Qualcomm partly for similar conduct.

Commissioner Vestager has said that the Decision was taken after having “…carefully examined the [Intel] ruling and the evidence of our case, to make sure our decision fully complies with the guidance by the Court".

Commissioner Vestager has also stated that as an alternative to the AEC test used in Intel “...there could be more appropriate ways to show the effect that an exclusivity rebate has. And although the Court has clarified the legal framework for these tests, it’s left it up to us to decide on the best method in each case”. 

In assessing the potential effects of the challenged anti-competitive conduct, some have emphasised the non-exhaustive nature of the Court’s list in §139 of the Inteljudgment. 

Against this background, the discussion will focus on the most important issues arising from the Decision, including:

  • Does Qualcomm comply with the Intel effects test?

  • What is the theory of harm enunciated in Qualcomm?

  • What role (if any) did Qualcomm’s patents play in the Decision? 

  • What does §140 of Intel really mean?

  • What are the main differences between the Decision and Intel?

Brice Allibert has very kindly agreed to participate in the first Europe-wide, 'Chatham House' rule discussion following publication of the Decision, an important signal for the future development of the Commission's Article 102 TFEU case-law.

List of participants (updated 06 July 2018)

Qualcomm Decision [when available]

Qualcomm Decision press release (24.01.18)

Qualcomm Decision statement by Commissioner Vestager (24.01.18)

Appeal in Case T-235/18 Qualcomm -v- Commission (OJEU C 190/41 2018)

'Fairness and competition' M. Vestager, Brussels (25.01.18)

'Google Search (Shopping)'  N. Banasevic, DG COMP (08.02.18)

How to participate?

Register for this meeting

You can participate in this discussion either in-person (in Brussels) or by teleconference from your desk.

Rates in €uros excluding VAT are:
Category Early registration Normal registration Late registration
Lawyer in private practice / Economists

125

150

175

General / In-house counsel

100

120

140

Public sector lawyer

80

80

100

Full-time students / academics

50

50

 75

On registration, all participants will receive immediate email confirmation of participation, once their payment has been approved.

Participants by teleconference can choose to be dialed into the meeting or to receive (a few hours in advance) a unique dial-in access code to the meeting.

Teleconference participants will be dialed in / dial in at most 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.

The discussion will last a maximum of 90 minutes. All participants will receive the speaker's presentation and will be able to ask questions

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  • Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:00 - 20:30

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