After a slew of setbacks surrounding the company's license fights in court, Qualcomm won a victory of sorts in Europe when a Dutch court threw out Nokia's patent complaint against the U.S. CDMA chipmaker. Nokia had argued that it shouldn't have to pay license fees to Qualcomm since its chip supplier, Texas Instruments, already licenses the same patents from Qualcomm.
However, the court said Nokia hadn't offered enough information about which patents from Texas Instruments the world's largest handset manufacturer actually uses. It added that Nokia's arguments were "too abstract" and "too theoretical," according to court documents Dow Jones Newswires got its hands on.
Nokia and Qualcomm have been at each other's throats, filing lawsuits against each other in multiple jurisdictions as they try to hammer out a new licensing deal that expired in April. Qualcomm said in its recent financial results conference call that no progress has been made in inching closer to a new license deal with Nokia.
For more about the court's move:
- read this article from The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)
- Let the patent royalty games begin
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