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Qualcomm makes move to protect patents

US-based Qualcomm Inc. has announced plans to create a separate unit for its chip business, part of efforts to protect the licensing side of its business from any lawsuits against the company, The Wall Street Journal has reported. Under the new structure, which Qualcomm said formalizes how it has been operating, the parent company will include the technology licensing division and patent portfolio. The new subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., will include research and development activities and the semiconductor business.