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Nokia derides Qualcomm's patent suit

Posted: 29 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:David Haskin? Nokia? Qualcomm? patent infringement?

Nokia said that it learned it was the target Qualcomm's patent infringement in the United Kingdom when it read press release and hadn't yet seen an actual copy of the complaint.

"Nokia has ... learned from a Qualcomm press release that Qualcomm has filed a complaint for alleged patent infringement," the Finnish cellular phone and infrastructure vendor said in a statement. "Nokia is not surprised that Qualcomm has once again chosen to litigate."

According to Nokia, it has yet to receive a copy of the complaint; therefore, "Nokia cannot comment on the substantive aspects of the claims." The company also said in a statement, "Based on our current information, Nokia does not believe that Qualcomm is entitled to an injunction."

According to Qualcomm's press release, it was extending a lawsuit it previously filed against Nokia in the United States to the United Kingdom, where it was asking for an injunction and monetary damages. Qualcomm claimed that company has infringed on two patents in its phones that have built-in GPRS and EDGE cellular data technology. Those are cellular data technologies used over GSM networks.

- David Haskin

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