The former agreement ran out early last month and Nokia paid $20m to use Qualcomm’s patents for the second quarter of this year to be going on with. But that’s about a tenth of what it would have paid under the old licensing agreement, and Qualcomm wants more – the debate isn’t about who owns the patents, it’s simply about their value. Qualcomm believes it does not use or need any of Nokia’s own patents on the downloading of digital content, which would affect Nokia’s bargaining position. Lengthy litigation looks likely.
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