ARM takes Qualcomm and Nuvia to court (Apple is in on it)

The clouds are gathering above nuviathe startup recently acquired by Qualcomm to produce new mobile chips that compete with Apple’s mighty Ax and Apple Silicon. This takeover was followed by a complaint from Apple Gerard Williams III, the founder of Nuvia, who is also a former executive in Apple’s processor division. The Cupertino company indeed accuses Gerard Williams III of unconventional breach of contract and suspects his former employee of having recovered in his luggage industrial secrets relating to Ax/Apple Silicon chips.

The second chapter of this case has just opened with this time a complaint by ARM against Qualcomm and Nuvia, ARM accuses Nuvia (and by extension Qualcomm) of having violated its license agreements by transferring its ARM patent licenses to Qualcomm without permission from the UK company:

“Arm is filing this complaint to protect Arm, our partners and the unprecedented ecosystem we have built together. Arm and its partners have invested billions of dollars to create cutting-edge intellectual property. Because Qualcomm attempted to transfer Nuvia licenses without Arm’s consent, which is a standard restriction under Arm’s licensing agreements, Nuvia’s licenses ended in March 2022. Before and after that date, Arm made multiple good faith efforts to seek a solution. In contrast, Qualcomm violated the terms of Arm’s license agreement by continuing development under the terminated licenses. Arm had no choice but to bring this action against Qualcomm and Nuvia to protect our intellectual property, our business, and to ensure that customers can access valid ARM-products. »

There is every reason to believe that many of the ARM patents transferred from Nuvia to Qualcomm are the same patents that Apple relies on for the design of its Ax and Apple Silicon chips. ARM’s patents indeed affect the most fundamental and architectural aspects of mobile chips.

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