Dutch court dismisses Nokia patent case vs. Qualcomm

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AMSTERDAM, Nov 14 (Reuters) A Dutch court dismissed a patent complaint by the world's biggest mobile phone maker Nokia Oyj against chip supplier Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday, according to a judgement obtained by Reuters.

Nokia and Qualcomm have been in a legal dispute after part of a licensing deal over technology patents expired on April 9, with complaints filed in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands.

A court in The Hague dismissed the case based on the scope of claims that Nokia had asked, rather than the patent issue itself, Nokia said in a statement.

''Nokia is confident that its substantive claim is well founded and is considering if it will appeal the decision,'' a Nokia spokeswoman said in a statement.

Nokia filed the suits to protest Qualcomm's practice of charging first rival chipmakers who use its technology and then also their end clients like Nokia.

A German court dismissed Nokia's case against Qualcomm last month.

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