Qualcomm’s acquisition this summer of CSR would at first glance seem to have few implications for the patent market.  The deal, which closed in August, saw the tech giant buy the much smaller British chipmaker for $2.4bn in a move that should strengthen Qualcomm’s position in the Internet of Everything sector. But in completing the deal it has also given the San Diego-based company a possible way of working around the new patent policy which was confirmed by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in February but which Qualcomm and several other companies have said they will not licence their standard essential patents under.

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