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Qualcomm keeps Samsung close while fending off Broadcom bid

US chipmaker announces patent deal and strategic partnership with South Korean manufacturer

The Qualcomm campus in San Diego, California.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Qualcomm and South Korea's Samsung Electronics have struck a deal that ensures the American chipmaker a steady stream of patent royalty income and the end of an antitrust dispute with the world's largest smartphone producer.

Under the expanded cross-licensing agreement announced Wednesday, Qualcomm collects royalty payments on patents licensed for use in Samsung devices until 2023, based on the prices of the phones.

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