Arm is suing Qualcomm for trademark infringement; and breach of licence agreements connected to Nuvia’s acquisition.
Qualcomm bought Nuvia for $1.4 billion last year; citing its “world-class CPU design team” and “industry-leading competence in high-performance processors” However; as Reuters reports; Arm isn’t happy about the chip designs Nuvia produced being used by Qualcomm.
Arm says it must approve the transfer of Nuvia designs/technology to Qualcomm. So, Arm cancelled Nuvia’s licencing in March. Arm wants Quallcomm to destroy the designs.
Quallcomm’s general counsel, Ann Chaplin, said, “Arm’s case ignores Qualcomm’s wide; well-established licence rights covering its custom-designed CPUs; and we are sure those rights will be vindicated.”
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Arm said in a statement:
“Arm filed this claim to defend itself; its partners, and its ecosystem. In addition, Arm and its partners have spent billions on industry-leading IP. Because Quallcomm tried to transfer Nuvia licences without Arm’s authorization; the licences expired in March 2022. Arm made repeated good-faith efforts before and after that date. Qualcomm violated the Arm licence agreement by using terminated licences. Arm had to sue Quallcomm and Nuvia to safeguard its IP; business, and consumers’ access to valid Arm-based products.”
Nuvia was formed by former Apple chip architects and licenced Arm’s chip design, not processing cores. On the other hand, Qualcomm planned to deploy Nuvia’s CPUs in smartphones, laptops, and ADAS if Arm wins.
Moreover, Qualcomm sees Nuvia as a way to separate itself from the competition. Therefore, they manage new chip designs. Quallcomm could also launch Windows laptops powered by Nuvia/Quallcomm CPUs.