The judge appointed by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to oversee the investigation initiated by Qualcomm against Nokia over alleged 2G and 2.5G patent infringements has delayed proceedings until further notice.
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The trial had been scheduled to begin on 5 March, and the delay follows Qualcomm withdrawing patent infringement claims involving three out of the six initially under investigation.
The ITC initiated an investigation on 10 July last year. Separate action in the UK over the same six patents was brought by Qualcomm too. It is not clear at this stage how the US hearing delay will affect the UK action.
The remaining three patents at issue are all from the same mobile GSM patent family.
Nokia said, “If the case is not dismissed before the stay is lifted, Nokia welcomes the opportunity to prove that the claims regarding the three remaining patents have no more merit than those Qualcomm has already voluntarily withdrawn.”
Qualcomm has not so far commented on the hearing’s lack of progress.
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