False Words From Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs? - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
Commentary
4/3/2007
11:44 AM
Eric Ogren
Eric Ogren
Commentary
50%
50%

False Words From Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs?

In a Financial Times article that appeared on Sunday, Paul Jacobs, CEO of CDMA technology developer Qualcomm, was quoted as saying he hopes Armageddon can be avoided between his company and Nokia when their existing patent agreement ends next Monday. Today, Qualcomm slapped Nokia with

In a Financial Times article that appeared on Sunday, Paul Jacobs, CEO of CDMA technology developer Qualcomm, was quoted as saying he hopes Armageddon can be avoided between his company and Nokia when their existing patent agreement ends next Monday. Today, Qualcomm slapped Nokia with yet more patent-related lawsuits. What gives, Paul?The cross-licensing agreement that ends on Monday, April 9, concerns the royalties that Nokia pays to Qualcomm for licensing Qualcomm's CDMA technology in its handsets. Nokia believes the 4.5% it's paying Qualcomm is too much and wants to renegotiate come next week. Qualcomm, of course, thinks its fees are perfectly reasonable in light of the time and money it invested in developing the technology.

In a separate lawsuit filed today, Qualcomm is alleging that Nokia is infringing on five patents related to how GSM/GPRS/EDGE phones download applications over wireless networks. Qualcomm wants an injunction levied against Nokia to halt the sales of the handsets with the related technology.

So, how will things work out next week after the agreement ends? I say more lawsuits, such as today's, aren't a good way to head into the contract negotiations and avoid Armageddon, Mr. Jacobs. The words he uttered on Sunday ring false in light of Qualcomm's aggressive protection of its patented technology.

You can't have it both ways.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
Slideshows
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Slideshows
Flash Poll