Ericsson and Qualcomm solve mobile phone patent row with licencing and purchase deal

Ericsson and Qualcomm solve mobile phone patent row with licencing and purchase deal
Richard Wilson
Ericsson and Qualcomm have announced that they have resolved their disputes relating to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The patent disputes had threatened the development of next generation mobile phone technology based on the radio interface scheme.
The companies have agreed to jointly support a single world CDMA standard with three optional modes for the next generation of wireless communications, to enter into cross licenses for their respective patent portfolios and to settle the existing litigation between the companies.
The cross licenses are royalty bearing for CDMA subscriber units sold by either party. In addition, Ericsson will purchase Qualcomm’s terrestrial CDMA wireless infrastructure business, including its R&D facilities in San Diego, California.
“Ericsson, through its agreement with Qualcomm – a pioneer in developing CDMA technologies – now has complete 3G competence,” commented Sven-Christer Nilsson, Ericsson president and CEO.
“With the resolution of 3G and the cross-licensing of our patents, we have paved the way for the expansion of global CDMA-based wireless communications,” said Dr Irwin Mark Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.


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