Saturday, November 19, 2005

Nokia Qualcomm patent dispute

Qualcomm has some patents that Nokia considers to be essential for mobile phone industry. Nokia has accused Qualcomm of not licensing their patents with fair terms. This is why Nokia has used some solutions that step on Qualcomm’s patents without paying appropriate licensing fees.

Qualcomm is right to complain, but then again, it would be good for the mobile industry in general to have level playing rules. Nobody wants to have one company to control all patents (Lord Of The Patents) but if one is not able to benefit from research and development, then what is the point? At first glance, Qualcomm seems to have a strong case and Nokia will do its best to play time and garner market support. Read more about the story over here.


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