Qualcomm is creating a new subsidiary to prevent inadvertent licensing of its patent portfolio through its development activities and apparent use of open source software:

“However, the company expects that QTI and its subsidiaries’ product and services businesses will increase their work with open source software in the future and this restructuring will, among other things, help ensure that QTI and its subsidiaries’ activities do not result in the licensing of any of Qualcomm Incorporated’s patents, including its 3G and 4G patents.”


It’s a difficult business business model to be suing potential customers (and trying to avoid unintentional patent licensing) while seeking to work with them on technology projects. Just ask Rambus Inc.


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