Qualcomm Inc has said that claims by mobile handset market leader Nokia Corp that its patents in Europe are exhausted are ‘demonstrably false’ as the legal battle between the two companies escalates ahead of the end of their licensing agreement next month.
San Diego, California-based Qualcomm said Nokia’s claim was inconsistent with positions it itself had taken, and said that Nokia had paid royalties for many years to Qualcomm on CDMA2000 and WCDMA handsets that incorporated chipsets supplied by Texas Instruments.
Qualcomm, which owns the most crucial IP in mobile communications, said Nokia’s actions are merely the latest in a series of attempts by it to avoid or delay a determination on the merits that Nokia’s GSM/GPRS and EDGE subscriber products infringe Qualcomm’s patents.
It said it had sued Nokia for patent infringement in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and China, and in the US International Trade Commission.
Seeking to postpone a judgment of infringement against its GSM products, Nokia, in every one of these cases, has sought through legal maneuvering to delay the trial on the merits and avoid confronting Qualcomm’s infringement claims head on, it said.
Nokia said earlier this week that it had filed complaints against Qualcomm in Germany and the Netherlands, alleging that its patents were exhausted in respect of Nokia’s products in the European market that contained Texas Instruments chipsets.