Arm sues Qualcomm and Nuvia for breach of licensing agreement
Arm issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit:
“Arm is filing this claim to protect Arm, our partners, and the unparalleled ecosystem we have built together. Arm and its partners have invested billions of dollars to create industry-leading intellectual property. Because Qualcomm attempted to transfer Nuvia licenses without Arm’s consent, which is a standard restriction under Arm’s license agreements, Nuvia’s licenses terminated in March 2022. Before and after that date, Arm made multiple good faith efforts to seek a resolution. In contrast, Qualcomm has breached the terms of the Arm license agreement by continuing development under the terminated licenses. Arm was left with no choice other than to bring this claim against Qualcomm and Nuvia to protect our IP, our business, and to ensure customers are able to access valid Arm-based products.”
Arm granted Nuvia a Technology License Agreement (TLA) and Architecture License Agreement (ALA) in the fall of 2019, allowing Nuvia to modify its existing cores and design custom cores or architectures based on the Arm architecture. Under the terms of these agreements, it is not transferable to third parties without Arm’s permission. In addition, the terms of the agreement between Qualcomm and Arm do not cover the development of products based on Arm technology by third parties under different Arm licenses, such as the custom Phoenix core architecture developed by the Nuvia team.
Qualcomm attempted to transfer NUVIA’s Arm license to a newly formed entity without Arm’s consent in March last year, a standard restriction under the Arm license agreement. Arm terminated NUVIA’s Arm license in March 2022 due to an inability to reach an agreement with Qualcomm. Arm said a solution was sought several times before and after the deadline, however, Qualcomm continued to develop even after terminating the license, violating the terms of the Arm license agreement, so it could only protect intellectual property rights through litigation.