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Nokia takes Qualcomm patent dispute to ITC

Posted: 22 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent dispute? ITC? Nokia patents? Qualcomm chips?

Nokia has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Qualcomm Inc. has engaged in unfair trade practices by infringing five Nokia patents in its CDMA and W-CDMA/GSM chipsets.

In its complaint, the Finnish handset maker requested that the ITC investigate and issue an exclusion order to bar the importation into the United States of infringing Qualcomm chipsets, as well as products such as handsets that contain these chipsets.

The complaint includes Qualcomm's unfair trade practices on importing products, selling products for importation, and/or selling products after importation, and inducing others to import products such as handsets, that infringe Nokia patented technology in certain Qualcomm GSM/W-CDMA and CDMA2000 chipsets.

The patents in question relate to technologies that improve the performance and efficiency of wireless communication devices as well as enable lower manufacturing costs, smaller product size and increased battery life.

"There is significant evidence to warrant an ITC investigation into Qualcomm's business conduct," said Rick Simonson, chief financial officer, Nokia. "We are taking this action to stop Qualcomm's practice of copying Nokia's patented technology, without permission, and making these innovations available to its chipset customers. We 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."

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