© Reuters. Arm sues Qualcomm (QCOM) and Nuvia for License Agreement and Trademark Infringement
By Sam Boughedda
Arm said Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm (NASDAQ:) and its recently acquired Nuvia chip design business for breach of license agreements and trademark infringement.
The chip technology company, which is owned by Softbank (OTC:), said in 2019 that it granted Nuvia an Architecture License Agreement (ALA) and a Technology License Agreement (TLA), ” provides the right to design custom processor cores based on the Arm architecture and to modify some of the designs on the shelf.”
The company says the licenses protect their interests and expectations by prohibiting repurchases without their consent, even if the buyer has his own Arm license.
Last year, Qualcomm announced it was buying Nuvia for $1.4 billion, and Arm alleges that neither Qualcomm nor Nuvia provided prior notice, nor did they receive Qualcomm’s consent to purchase the license.
The lawsuit represents a significant rift between the two companies, a former key technology partner Qualcomm relied on for years after it stopped designing its own custom computing cores. However, the companies have been at odds in recent years.
After the news broke, Arm released a statement saying that it “filed this request to protect Arm, our partners, and the unparalleled ecosystem we’ve built together. “
“Because Qualcomm attempted to license Nuvia without Arm’s consent, which is a standard restriction under Arm’s licensing agreements, Nuvia’s license terminated in March,” Arm said. year 2022.
It added: “Before and after that date, Arm made great efforts to find a solution. On the contrary, Qualcomm violated the terms of the Arm license agreement by continuing to develop under licenses that had been revoked. Arm has no choice but to bring this claim against Qualcomm and Nuvia to protect our intellectual property rights, our business, and to ensure that our customers can access our services. valid Arm-based product.”