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October 28, 2005

Qualcomm Accused in Europe

By Glenn Fleishman

Competitors filed papers stating that Qualcomm is engaged in exclusionary practices and high patent prices: The company owns patents that cover both its CDMA2000 standard for 1xRTT and EVDO now being deployed widely in the U.S., and for W-CDMA, which includes UMTS and HSDPA standards that are rolling out worldwide, but faster in Europe and Asia than elsewhere.

Broadcom, LM Ericsson Telephone, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic Mobile, and Texas Instruments claim that the prices for patents for W-CDMA are the same as for CDMA2000 despite what they characterize as Qualcomm’s smaller contribution of technology to W-CDMA. Broadcom has a similar suit in New Jersey against Qualcomm.

Qualcomm responded that the charges are meritless and factually inaccurate.

Posted by Glennf at October 28, 2005 1:12 PM

Categories: EVDO, UMTS

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