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Qualcomm Slammed With European Patent Complaints

Qualcomm was hit in Europe with complaints from six companies over its patent policies regarding its WCDMA 3G standard. The firms filing the complaints with the European Commission in Brussels are Broadcom, Ericsson, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Texas Instruments.

The complaints maintain that Qualcomm is charging royalties for WCDMA patents at the same royalty rate it charges for its CDMA2000 3G handset. Generally, WCDMA is more likely to be used in European markets rather than CDMA2000, which is a more robust technology.

Qualcomm was not immediately available for comment, but in the past the firm has said its licensing practices are "lawful, fair, reasonable and pro-competitive."

Qualcomm has been embroiled with Broadcom in litigation over the past several months with each firm suing the other in U.S. courts over patent and other trade issues. Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have also squared off against each other over patents.

"Each complaint is a unique case," said TI spokeswoman Gail Chandler Friday of the European filings. "But there are similar themes." She added that the complaints were filed Wednesday.

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