Nokia has responded with astonishment to the legal attack launched by Qualcomm yesterday, insisting that the only warning or information it has pertaining to the alleged patent infringement lawsuit came from a Qualcomm press release.
"Nokia has recently learned that Qualcomm has filed a complaint against Nokia Corporation and Nokia Inc in San Diego apparently involving some 12 alleged essential patents," the Finnish mobile giant stated.
"Nokia is yet to receive a copy of the complaint and analyse the details, and therefore cannot comment on the substantive aspects of the claims."
The mobile firm went on to say that it is "disappointed" at Qualcomm for having taken this legal step, given that it has yet to engage in any licensing negotiations concerning these matters.
"Qualcomm has not provided Nokia with any proposed terms for a licence in compliance with its obligations."
Nokia observed that it is "quite unusual" for a company to institute litigation before discussing such licensing terms.
The mobile firm is also "concerned" that Qualcomm "continues to disregard its obligations" to offer to license its alleged essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.
"The timing of this lawsuit, and the comments of Qualcomm's general counsel that a co-operative resolution of these issues is unlikely when the patents have not been verified and licensing terms have not yet been offered or discussed, is completely inconsistent with the basic licensing principles to which Qualcomm is obligated," Nokia stated.
Nokia said that it will analyse Qualcomm's claims when it obtains the complaint, and will defend itself in this action to ensure that its rights are fully protected.
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