Intellectual Property rights affirmed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Qualcomm case

Aug. 12, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praises a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming Qualcomm’s intellectual property rights:

“Intellectual property includes the ability to negotiate licensing deals for others to utilize and benefit their customers while ensuring that the person or company which invented the technology receive a contractually agreed upon compensation for their genius. There is no requirement that an inventor must license their product for use by a competitor or cannot engage in exclusive licensing agreements.

“Believe it or not, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three judge panel got this basic principle right in vacating a radical decision by a California Bay area federal circuit judge which effectively destroyed the licensing business model.

“This is not just a great victory for Qualcomm, the victim of the Obama Federal Trade Commission driven lawsuit, but for all inventors as it effectively affirms that inventors have the right to control their own inventions.

“Intellectual property is the foundation of America’s free enterprise system, and the attempts by the Federal Trade Commission in partnership with their star witness – Chinese Communist Party controlled – Huawei – to destroy and collectivize the product of individual minds was an affront to the core values of our great country.  When even the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gets this right, it is a day to celebrate that freedom still rings.”

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