Monday, November 07, 2005

Qualcomm sues Nokia over mobile phone patents

After getting hit with a complaint to the European Commission from five companies about its competitive practices, Reuters reports on Qualcomm's patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia. In the suit, Qualcomm wants Nokia "to stop selling certain mobile phone products in the United States, and demanded unspecified monetary damages from Nokia."

Many view the suit as retaliation against Nokia for participating in the European Commission complaint. Harris Nesbitt analyst John Bucher said, "What Nokia did the week before last makes it slightly easier for Qualcomm to be more enforcement-prone. Maybe this is just the beginning of it."