Trial Delayed in Nokia-Qualcomm Lawsuit

July 23, 2008 1:54:38 PM PDT
A Delaware judge has postponed the start of a trial pitting cell phone chip maker Qualcomm against mobile handset maker Nokia in a dispute over licensing fees. The trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday morning but was delayed for several hours because of technical difficulties in establishing a Webcast feed. Vice-chancellor Leo Strine later decided to postpone the start of the trial until Thursday morning. The reason for the postponement was not immediately clear.

The Delaware lawsuit is part of a multinational legal battle between the two companies, who disagree on whether Nokia owes Qualcomm royalty payments for use of certain wireless technology patents.

San Diego-based Qualcomm contends that Nokia, a Finnish company that is the world's largest mobile phone maker, owes it royalties under a 2001 licensing agreement.

Nokia claims that it has paid more than a billion dollars to Qualcomm and has satisfied its obligations, and that the patent licensing deal has expired.