Nokia claims patent win against Qualcomm in UK

Nokia has said that a UK High Court judge issued a ruling in its favour in the action brought by Qualcomm against Nokia in May, 2006.

In the ruling the judge determined that all of Qualcomm’s asserted GSM patent claims are invalid. Therefore Nokia does not need to compensate Qualcomm for these patents.

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision that the patent claims are invalid and believe it is consistent with and supported by the facts,’ said Rick Simonson, chief financial officer at Nokia.

This is the second court to rule in favopur of the mobile phone firm. In a separate case filed by Qualcomm against Nokia, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) last week decided against Qualcomm’s petition for review of Judge Luckern’s Initial Determination issued in December, 2007.

Judge Luckern concluded that Nokia does not infringe the three alleged Qualcomm patents in the case and that one of the patents is invalid. This ITC investigation has now been terminated.

“While Qualcomm is disappointed with the Commission’s decision, we are focusing on the recent consolidation of the arbitration with the case in Delaware. We believe that the consolidation will resolve many important contract disputes between Nokia and Qualcomm more quickly and efficiently,” said Don Rosenberg, general counsel of Qualcomm.

Qualcomm filed 11 lawsuits against Nokia around the world over more than two years. Other patents are at issue in separate cases filed by Qualcomm against Nokia in China, Europe and the US.  The parties have agreed to temporarily stay these patent infringement lawsuits pending court proceedings in the Delaware Chancery Court.

Patent invalidation actions, filed by Nokia against Qualcomm patents in suit, continue in China and Germany.

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