Qualcomm Inc., which makes microchips and owns patents essential to wireless telecommunications, has issued a statement in its latest patent dust-up with rival Nokia.
Nokia, the Espoo, Finland-based cell phone maker, announced Aug. 9 it had filed a complaint against Qualcomm Inc. with the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Nokia is asking the court “to order Qualcomm to abide by its written contractual obligations to international standards-setting organizations to license intellectual property” on terms that are “fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory.”
“We haven’t seen Nokia’s complaint,” Qualcomm spokeswoman Bertha Agia said Aug. 10, “but we are anxious to demonstrate that our more than 130 agreements , all, by the way, which have been voluntarily entered into after good-faith negotiations , are in compliance with FRAND, which is fair and reasonable and nondiscriminatory basis , which is unlike Nokia’s very limited licensing program. Our licensing program is very broad, and has been designed to enable and foster many competitors throughout the industry.
“We believe this is Nokia’s desperate attempt to have the judicial system change what Nokia agreed upon,” Agia said. “It appears by Nokia’s press release that they have now accepted our position that we have essential patents to the GSM family of products, something that they have vehemently denied previously.”
For a little more than a year, Qualcomm and rival companies have been filing claims against each other with authorities inside and outside the United States.
, Brad Graves