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Timeline: Qualcomm, Nokia Duel

Qualcomm and Nokia used to be pals — or at least civil — and struck licensing deals years ago. Computer Business Review Online even reported that Nokia could pay as much as $500 million a year in royalties to Qualcomm — a substantial revenue driver for Qualcomm and significant intellectual property access for Nokia.

Now after years of a bitter dispute over Qualcomm’s royalty rates and intellectual property rights, marked by the latest patent infringement suit and a $20 million payment for patent licenses from Nokia week (update), the companies are facing the end of parts of their agreement on April 9th, 2007. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has said he isn’t too optimistic they can reach a deal, and according to Lazard Capital Markets, Qualcomm intends to spend over $200 million this year in legal fees to defend its royalty rate. How did things get so bad? Check out our timeline of the Nokia, Qualcomm feud:

8 Responses to “Timeline: Qualcomm, Nokia Duel”

  1. Jesse Kopelman

    You missed a bunch of Qualcomm Nokia squabbles prior to 2005. I don’t remember specific dates and details, but I clearly remember at least nasty words being exchanged in the press about who had more IP for UMTS back in its earlier days around the turn of the millenium.

  2. Ol' Yeller

    If you haven’t visited Qualcomm’s main building, after signing in and entering, the first thing you see is PATENTS, hundreds of them, adorning the walls. Qualcomm always has been and always will be a litigious, IP based company.

    Unfortunately for them they’ve played too hard a game of hardball, and the carriers have wised-up to not getting locked in to their ridiculously high fees. They will progressively get pushed out and their participation in future network rollouts will be increasingly limited.

    Reap what you sow.