filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC)
alleging that Qualcomm has engaged in unfair trade practices by infringing five
Nokia patents in its CDMA and WCDMA / GSM chipsets.
has asked ITC to initiate an investigation and issue an exclusion order to bar
imports to the United States of the infringing Qualcomm chipsets, and products
such as handsets and PDAs, containing these chipsets.
makes over one-third of all mobile handsets sold globally, says Qualcomm''s unfair
trade practices include importing products such as handsets, that infringe Nokia
patented technology in certain Qualcomm GSM / WCDMA and CDMA2000 chipsets.
patent dispute relates to technologies that improve the performance and efficiency
of wireless communication devices as well as enabling lower manufacturing costs,
smaller product size and increased battery life. Nokia says these technologies
are important to Nokia''s success as they allow its products to have competitive
advantages over those of competitors.
say Nokia has paid Qualcomm about $500 million per year and wants this reduced
though Nokia avers that its patent portfolio is much stronger now than 15 years
back, when the original cross-licensing deal was agreed by the two manufacturers.
licensing deal between the two would impact the future of 3G technologies.
are seeking the same remedies Qualcomm has sought against Nokia in multiple venues
around the world. Nokia will continue to ensure its rights and competitive advantage
is protected," Simonson added. In In 2005 Qualcomm had filed a lawsuit against
Nokia alleging patent infringement of 12 of its patents pertaining to GSM technology.
has also been fighting over patents with rival Broadcom Corp, with ITC ruling
against Qualcomm in that dispute, banning imports of new advanced phones using
chips the ITC said infringed on Broadcom patents.