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Patent disputes are put on hold

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February 23, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. and microchip producer Qualcomm Inc. agreed to put some of their patent-infringement disputes on hold pending resolution of contract claims by a state judge.

The companies also will combine the case in Delaware Chancery Court with an arbitration currently pending in Los Angeles. Nokia sued Qualcomm in Delaware in 2006, claiming it was entitled to use Qualcomm chip inventions on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms."

The two companies have been fighting in courts on three continents as they try to work out a licensing agreement on the newest generation of chips that run mobile phones.

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