Aug 17 Finland's Nokia Oyj NOK1V.HE has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to bar the import of some Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) chips to the United States, saying they are infringing five Nokia patents.
Below is a chronology of legal battles between the two:
Oct 2005 -- Nokia and five other firms file complaints to the European Commission alleging anti-competitive conduct by Qualcomm, including high royalty rates.
Nov 2005 -- Qualcomm files a suit against Nokia in a federal court in San Diego related to GSM patents. The case is on hold.
May 2006 -- Qualcomm files a lawsuit against Nokia in Britain regarding two GSM-related patents. A trial is expected to begin in November.
June 2006 -- Qualcomm files a complaint against Nokia with the ITC regarding GSM patents, seeking a bar on imports of Nokia GSM handsets into the United States. Hearing is scheduled for Sept 2007.
Aug 2006 -- Qualcomm files a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia in Germany. Trial is scheduled for Sept 2007.
Aug 2006 -- Nokia files a case in Delaware saying Qualcomm had breached its contract to license patents on fair and reasonable terms.
Oct 2006 -- Qualcomm files infringement lawsuits against Nokia in France and Italy regarding GSM technologies. Both cases are ongoing.
Feb 2, 2007 -- Qualcomm files three complaints in China regarding GSM patents. Cases are ongoing.
March 19, 2007 -- Nokia files complaints against Qualcomm patents in Germany and the Netherlands. Trials are expected later this year.
April 2, 2007 -- Qualcomm files two cases against Nokia in the United States over Nokia GSM cellular phones. Nokia filed a counter-suit in Wisconsin in May and in Texas in June.
April 5, 2007 -- Qualcomm asks American Arbitration Association to rule that Nokia's use of its patents after April 9 would mean Nokia extended a key cross-licence agreement at old royalty rates.
April 9, 2007 -- The cross-licence agreement expires in part. The firms say they continued to discuss on a new deal.
Aug 16, 2007 -- Nokia asks the ITC to bar the import of some Qualcomm's chips, and phones using those chips, to the United States as they infringe five Nokia patents.
(Sources: Nokia, Qualcomm Web sites)