Nokia said it did not infringe a pair of European patents owned by Qualcomm in a British High Court case that kicked off yesterday.
Qualcomm had sued Nokia in Britain for allegedly violating its patents in Nokia’s GSM cell phones that have GPRS systems. The chipmaker has also sued Nokia over similar patent-infringement charges in the US, China, Germany, France and Italy. All cases are still ongoing.
The London court case is expected to last a few weeks. If the judge rules that Qualcomm’s patents are valid and have been violated, a second hearing will be required.
Nokia and Qualcomm have been at legal odds since April 9, when a licensing agreement between the pair expired. Nokia is thought to pay about $500m a year to Qualcomm for patent licenses.