It looks like any hopes that the 4G intellectual property landscape would be a little less of a Qualcomm-controlled minefield
are fading fast. Thanks in part to recent acquisitions, a senior vice president pointed out in a recent interview with IDG that the company now owns over 1,000 patents pertaining to OFDM, OFDMA, and MIMO -- technologies which'll prove crucial to 4G data, regardless of the standard(s) that ultimately win out. In other words, whether the networks of tomorrow are banging LTE
, or some flavor of WiMax
, Qualcomm's confident that it's in a position to cash in, just as it's doing now. Sorry, Nokia.