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CharlieBlack wrote: Let me add a big hearty DITTO to that. But since this is TMF let me sprinkle some numbers for the DD crowd. QCOM has roughtly 150 CDMA patents with close to 500 pending, and then more on the horizon. Anything that is remotely related to their CDMA technology is "covered and smoothered". (credit to Waffle House).

I did a patent search with Qualcomm as assignee and CDMA in all fields. The search yielded 248 entries:

http://164.195.100.11/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=0&f=S&l=50&TERM1=Qualcomm&FIELD1=ASNM&co1=AND&TERM2=CDMA&FIELD2=&d=pall

I did a similar search on Ericsson and CDMA, and the search yielded 250 matching documents. Nokia also has more than 150 patent documents referencing CDMA, DS-CDMA and WCDMA, including one on WCDMA power control.

I don't think I can agree with the statement "anything that is remotely related to their CDMA technology is 'covered and smothered'," although I can agree with you more if you say Qualcomm owns the core patents for CDMA.

However, to me the net royalties Qualcomm will receive as part of 3G sales is unknown. Qualcomm will be making WCDMA and GSM dualmode chipsets, and by doing so, it will have to pay the other patent holders.

As many contend, 3G is still several years into the future. I don't quite consider 1xrtt as 3G simply because it is included in the IMT-MC specs (heck, GPRS is also part of the IMT-DS specs). GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, WAP and Bluetooth are where the money is in the near future.

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