Nokia Joins Qualcomm’s Side in FTC Licensing Dispute Nokia Joins Qualcomm’s Side in FTC Licensing Dispute – NTK Network

Nokia Joins Qualcomm’s Side in FTC Licensing Dispute

The company filed an amicus brief arguing that a ruling against the San Diego-based chipmaker in this FTC dispute could have unintended consequences for patent owners.

By NTK Staff | 10.15.2018 @3:15pm
Nokia Joins Qualcomm’s Side in FTC Licensing Dispute

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia filed an amicus brief late last week in support of chipmaker Qualcomm regarding that company’s ongoing dispute with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over patent licenses.

The dispute between the San Diego-based chipmaker and the FTC goes back to January 2017, at which time the FTC alleged Qualcomm used “unfair licensing tactics to maintain a monopoly in the supply of semiconductor devices,” according to World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR).

Qualcomm is arguing that if it must comply with the FTC’s demands and hand over its standard-essential patents (SEPs) to competitors, it would “radically reshape licensing in the cellular industry.”

And it turns out, it is not the only company that believes that. Nokia filed an amicus brief on Friday that backed Qualcomm’s position.

Nokia warned against “novel and surprising interpretations” of the regulations governing SEPs which may have unintended consequences for SEP owners and the wider industry.

“Complications that would likely arise from inconsistent licensing obligations advocated for in the FTC’s motion for partial summary judgment could unravel the success of SEP licensing and standards development,” Nokia said.

The FTC filed a response brief claiming Noka’s arguments “miss the mark.”

Sign Up

for NTK updates every week.


View Privacy Policy