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ITC defers ruling on Broadcom's petition vs. Qualcomm

Posted: 29 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom-Qualcomm suit  patent infringement  battery-saving feature 

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that a delay of 13 more days to consider the petition filed by Broadcom Corp. to block the U.S. entry of handsets using certain Qualcomm chips, according to a Bloomberg report.

The ITC did not give further details for the delay of the decision that was scheduled on May 26. The agency has to provide appropriate solution after concluding that Qualcomm's latest chips infringed Broadcom patents for battery-saving feature back in December. In this case, a ruling against Qualcomm would disrupt the U.S. mobile phone industry and the introduction of phones that feature faster Internet access and better graphics, according to phone-service providers and handset makers.

Most of Qualcomm chips are manufactured in Ireland, Taiwan and other Asian regions, then brought to the United States in mobile phones made by overseas manufacturers. Broadcom said that the only way to prevent the patent infringement is to ban all imports of handsets with Qualcomm chips.

Four of the United States' biggest phone-service providers?AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile?said that a ban would cost billions of dollars in investments and future profits. Other handset manufacturers opposing the ban include LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung Electronics and Kyocera.

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