Nokia and Qualcomm finally reach an agreement

Nokia and Qualcomm have announced that they have entered into a new agreement covering various standards including GSM, EDGE, CDMA, WCDMA, HSDPA, OFDM, WiMax, LTE - and other technologies.

The agreement will result in settlement of all litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia of its complaint to the European Commission, ending a legal dispute dating back to 2004.

Under the terms of the new 15-year agreement, Nokia has been granted a license under all Qualcomm's patents for use in Nokia's mobile devices and Nokia Siemens Networks infrastructure equipment.

Nokia has also agreed not to use any of its patents directly against Qualcomm, meaning Qualcomm can integrate Nokia's technology into Qualcomm's chipsets.

On the financial side, the settlement includes an up-front payment and on-going royalties payable to Qualcomm.

Nokia has agreed to assign ownership of a number of patents to Qualcomm, including patents declared as essential to WCDMA, GSM and OFDMA. The specific terms are confidential.

"We believe that this agreement is positive for the industry, enabling the market to benefit from innovation and new technologies", said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia Corporation.

"The positive financial impact of this agreement is within Nokia's original expectations and fully reflects our leading intellectual property and market positions."


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