Arm has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, one of the company’s largest licensees, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, accusing the group of violating license agreements and trademark infringement. At their core, these are licenses granted to Nuvia, which Qualcomm has transferred.
How poor? an opinion explains that the company is filing a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc. and its two subsidiaries Qualcomm and Nuvia to enforce contractual obligations that require certain Nuvia designs to be destroyed rather than transferred to Qualcomm. The aim is to obtain an injunction for alleged trademark infringements and damages for the infringements.
Licenses transferred from Nuvia
Arm is suing to protect Arm itself, its partners, and the ecosystem it has built. Qualcomm is accused of transferring the licenses granted by Arm to Nuvia to the new owner without Arm’s consent. Qualcomm announced in January 2021 that it would acquire startup Nuvia for $1.4 billion. The acquisition was successfully completed in March last year. A default restriction in the licensing agreement with Arm resulted in the licenses expiring in March 2022 as a result of the acquisition, the licensor explains.
Before and after that date, Arm made several attempts to reach a resolution with Qualcomm. Qualcomm, on the other hand, violated the licensing agreement with Arm and continued development despite the expired licenses. Arm, therefore, had no choice but to file a lawsuit against Qualcomm and Nuvia to protect his own intellectual property (IP). The arm does not manufacture products itself, but develops CPU cores, GPUs, interconnects, and similar components of processors with Arm microarchitecture and licenses this IP and architecture to third parties.
Nuvia designs are designed to attack AMD and Intel
Qualcomm has not yet responded. With Nuvia, Qualcomm wants to offer specially developed CPU cores again and thus declare war on AMD and Intel. The goal is the highest performance in the low-power segment, so more than Apple with the M processors or Arm (Cortex) itself. According to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, the move to Arm (architecture) in the PC segment is inevitable and Qualcomm is very well positioned to become the platform of choice for PCs.
The new Nuvia CPU will become the benchmark for performance and efficiency, Amon said at Investor Day in November 2021, and the company’s own Adreno GPU will be scaled up to the level of discrete desktop GPUs. According to earlier planning, the first samples of the associated chips should go to the first buyers in the course of these six months.
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