Qualcomm Patents Are Exhausted — Nokia


Nokia has filed an application in Europe to argue that certain of Qualcomm’s patents have been exhausted in Europe, notes Forbes. “Nokia said that if its claim succeeds, Qualcomm would be barred in Europe from enforcing its patents in relation to Nokia handsets incorporating certain chipsets.” The chipsets are those supplied by Texas Instruments, which entered into a Patent Portfolio License with Qualcomm in 2000. The argument is apparently that TI has already paid license fees to Qualcomm, so Nokia shouldn’t have to pay them again for using TI products. The move comes weeks before the current license agreement between Nokia and Qualcomm is due to expire. “The complaints were filed in the Regional Court of Mannheim and in the Hague District Court, two courts that frequently handle patent matters within the EU.”

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