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Nokia, Qualcomm end patent battle, sign 15-year licensing agreement
TT Bureau |  |  24 Jul 2008

The long-stretched legal feud between Nokia and Qualcomm finally ended as the two companies forged a 15-year licensing agreement, resulting in settlement of all litigation between the companies, including the pulling back of complaint filed by Nokia to the European Commission.

Whilst covering wireless technologies like GSM, EDGE, CDMA, WCDMA, HSDPA, OFDM, WiMax and LTE, the new agreement also grants Nokia to use all Qualcomm patents in its mobile devices and in the network infrastructure equipment designed by Nokia Siemens Networks.  

Further Nokia has agreed to not use any of its patents directly against Qualcomm and thereby enabling Qualcomm to integrate Nokia’s technology into its chipsets which includes WCDMA, GSM and OFDMA.  

"We believe that this agreement is positive for the industry, enabling the market to benefit from innovation and new technologies,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia Corporation on the agreement.

“I’m very pleased that we have come to this important agreement,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm.  “The terms of the new license agreement, including the financial and other value provided to Qualcomm, reflect our strong intellectual property position across many current and future generation technologies.  This agreement paves the way for enhanced opportunities between the companies in a number of areas.”

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