Qualcomm Files GSM Patent Infringement Suit Against Nokia

Qualcomm Inc. along with SnapTrack, Inc. filed suit on November 4th and seeks an injunction against Nokia in a San Diego federal court citing infringement of eleven patents owned by Qualcomm and one patent owned by SnapTrack. Qualcomm’s lawsuit includes patents that are essential for the manufacture or use of equipment that complies with the GSM, GPRS and EDGE cellular standards (the GSM family of standards) and other patents that are infringed by Nokia’s products. Qualcomm’s complaint states that Nokia is infringing on their patents.

“We have been discussing a number of issues with Nokia for some time, including the fact that we have essential GSM patents for which Nokia is not licensed, and we are disappointed that this has resulted in litigation,” said Louis M. Lupin, senior vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm. “Until recently, we had been led to believe that these issues might be resolved cooperatively and amicably. However, it now appears that a cooperative resolution of these issues is quite unlikely and we must move forward with the litigation in order to protect our rights and to get these issues resolved.”

The results of the patents in question: Achieving higher data rates, increasing spectral efficiency, enhancing capacity, improving resistance to interference, permit access to packet switched networks, and facilitating multimedia distribution. Six of the patents in QUALCOMM’s complaint against Nokia were also asserted in the complaint that Qualcomm filed against Broadcom Corporation on July 11, 2005


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