Zero Hour in the Nokia-Qualcomm Spat

The two companies are fighting over patent rights and fees just days before a licensing agreement between them expires

As titanic tech-company rivalries go, Nokia vs. Qualcomm may not yet rank with Apple (AAPL) vs. Microsoft (MSFT) or Oracle (ORCL) vs. SAP (SAP). But the dispute between the Finnish mobile handset giant and the U.S. chipmaker is approaching that magnitude. In the final days before a licensing agreement between the two expires on Apr. 9, they are turning up the volume in a dispute over the intellectual property underlying a growing share of the world's most advanced mobile phones.

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