Wow, it didn't take long. On October 28, Nokia joined five others, Broadcom, Ericsson, NEC, Panasonic Mobile, and TI in asking the EC to investigate Qualcomm on the basis of anticompetitive conduct.
The argument--Qualcomm is said by the six to be violating European Union law, and failing to meet commitments it make to standards bodies that it would be willing to license technology on the basis of fair, unreasonable, and non-discriminatory terms. The six further argue that without Qualcomm's agreement, wideband CDMA 3G standard would have not been adopted. There's more, but that's it in a nutshell.
Today, in what seems like an, "Oh yeah, well take this," Qualcomm turned around and filed patent infringement charges against Nokia, claiming the phone maker infringed on 11 of its patents by making or selling products in the U.S. that comply with the GSM family of standards--seeking to stop sales and claiming damages. Six of the same complaints are the basis of a suit against Broadcom filed in July.
So let's see that's two out of the six companies--I wonder what news is brewing regarding the other four. Based on my experience with my children when they get into the evolutionary strategy "tit for tat," this is going to accelerate.