Qualcomm sues Nokia over Mobile Patents

Qualcomm and Nokia logo US based telecom chipset giant, Qualcomm has taken a legal action Nokia in a UK High Court, accusing the mobile phone giant of having infringed two of its patents. The US company has asked the English High Court to ban certain Nokia products and to force the Finnish firm to pay the damages.

The patents relate to GSM, GPRS and EDGE products made by Nokia, and is, said Qualcomm, an extension of a case filed in the San Diego District Court last November, in which Qualcomm claimed that Nokia had used without permission methods outlined in 12 patents, 11 held by Qualcomm, the other by its subsidiary company, SnapTrack.

Qualcomm claims that although some Nokia phones can work with GPRS and EDGE, they don’t work with CDMA technology.

Qualcomm’s president for Europe, Andrew Gilbert, said the company had decided to file suit against Nokia, which sells one in every three of the world’s mobiles, because the handset company was resisting Qualcomm’s overtures to discuss licensing.

Gilbert told ZDNet’s UK division Silicon.com, “This is really about Nokia resisting resolving commercial negotiations amicably. We’ve been making ourselves available for negotiations for a long, long time. All we’re asking is for Nokia to come back to the table.”

He added that Nokia has been slandering the company.

Gilbert said, “People like Nokia like to put it about we’re a marginal player… Through their constant public pronouncements they have called into question the veracity of much of our intellectual property portfolio. They left us no choice.”

Qualcomm described the charge filed on Wednesday as a “geographic extension” of the November action, and one or both parties may yet ask the court to consolidate the cases into one.