After six years of attacks, Qualcomm finally sees stability return to patent licensing

SAN DIEGO — Alex Rogers says he likes stress. As head of Qualcomm’s maligned patent licensing division, he has seen plenty of it over the past few years.Starting in 2014, government regulators from China to South Korea to the U.S. attacked the San Diego mobile technology firm’s lucrative business model for licensing its intellectual property, claiming it coerced smartphone makers into paying sky-high patent fees that harmed consumers.Apple joined the fray in 2017 with a lawsuit aimed at dismantling Qualcomm’s blueprint for licensing patents. A year later, chip rival Broadcom made licensing tro…

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