ARM sues Qualcomm for license infringement Nubian technology is the cause of the chaos

ARM has sued Qualcomm and Qualcomm’s subsidiary Nubia for infringement of license agreements and trademarks. The lawsuit came shortly after it was announced that Qualcomm would re-enter the server market with chips developed by Nubia. Qualcomm acquired Nubia last year for $1.4 billion.
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In a complaint filed with the United States District Court in Delaware, ARM demanded that certain Nubian designs be destroyed under contractual liability. It also sought punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and an injunction against the use of the ARM trademark.

According to AMR, Qualcomm attempted to transfer Nubia’s license without ARM’s consent, which is a fundamental prohibition in the ARM license agreement. Nubia’s license expires in March 2022. Around this date, ARM has tried to find a solution, but Qualcomm continued to develop under the expired license, violating the terms of the ARM license, ARM claims. He added that there was no other way to protect the company’s intellectual property rights other than litigation.

Qualcomm, of course, objected. ARM’s position is that it has no right to interfere with Qualcomm’s and Nubia’s innovations. It also emphasized that it has extensive and well-established licenses for its custom-designed CPUs.

ARM does not manufacture the chip, but licenses the chip design. Many licensees use ARM-designed cores under the Cortex name, but some, such as Qualcomm and Nubia, hold architectural licenses. This license allows new designs of ARM cores without using ARM’s designs.

Bob O’Donnell, chief analyst at Technology Research, pointed out that Qualcomm’s desktop and server chips rely heavily on Nubia technology, so Qualcomm “needs to resolve this dispute as soon as possible.”
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