Here is the news story on it:
The Federal Trade Comission’s main purposes are to protect consumer rights and prevent anti-competitive practices in the USA. They keep companies from becoming monopolies, and Qualcomm got in its crosshairs earlier this year. The FTC filed a suit against the San Diego-based company, and now they have friends to back them in this fight. Samsung and Intel have filed briefs supporting the FTC’s claims of Qualcomm’s anti-competitive business strategies.
Qualcomm makes some of the best chips in the mobile industry; they also hold a plethora of patents, among which exist some that are essential to modern smartphone systems. The argument is that Qualcomm is trying to create a monopoly by not licensing some of its patented technology to other chip makers.
Samsung and Intel back the FTC... Hmm... something fishy about that, no?