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Qualcomm Renews Licensing Pursuit Against Nokia, Faces EU Investigation

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Jun 12, 2006, 2:59 PM   by (staff)

Qualcomm today announced it has filed another complaint with the US International Trade Commission that Nokia is violating a number of its CDMA patents by selling GPRS/EDGE enabled handsets. Qualcomm filed a similar complaint last November, alleging nokia was violating 11 of its patents, in this complaint the number has been reduced to 6. Nokia and Qualcomm are currently renegotiating the terms of a cross-licensing agreements for GSM technology that expire next year. Nokia has not yet agreed to Qualcomm's proposal and Qualcomm has noted some concern for this in its financial filings. Nokia believes that Qualcomm is demanding an unfair sum for its technology, especially W-CDMA, and has filed a complaint with the European Commission about unfair licensing fees. The leap to 4G technologies will not end this squabble, as Qualcomm also owns patents on OFDM, the technology on which all likely 4G candidates are based.

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Jun 12, 2006, 7:07 PM

404: Logic Not Found

So they're (allegedly) violating patents for CDMA by selling GSM handsets... yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Could someone explain this, as I have no idea what they're trying to prove here.
I believe he meant "WCDMA", not just "CDMA" - because WCDMA is based off of GSM (ironically enough): https://www.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php? gid=104.....

Jun 13, 2006, 11:19 AM

Quallcomm afraid of Nokia?

I'm just wondering why Quallcomm always attacks Nokia... maybe it is because Nokia is the biggest patent holder in the wireless industry, and are thus an ever present threat to Quallcomm's patent licensing revenues. Quallcomm is simply afraid of Nokia.

These patents in question here haven't been a problem earlier, but only now that the negotiations aren't going as expected.

Oh well.
You are wrong with your statement about Qualcomm always attacking Nokia. Nokia has helped lead a campaign in Europe against Qualcomm. Nokia, along with five other major telecommunications companies, including Ericsson, NEC, Panasonic Mobile, Broadcom ...
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