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Broadcom wins Qualcomm patent infringement case

Posted: 31 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcomm Qualcomm suit  patent infringement  battery-saving feature 

A federal jury has ruled that Qualcomm Inc.'s base band chips and software has infringed three patents of Broadcom Corp. The jury awarded Broadcom Rs.83.02 crore ($19.64 million) in damages after finding that Qualcomm had infringed the patents.

The patents cover simultaneous use of a single transceiver on two networks, a chip architecture for performing video processing and technology that allows phones to use either fixed or variable bandwidth networks.

Broadcom said it would next seek a permanent injunction barring Qualcomm from using the three patents.

The verdict follows a 13-day trial in the long-running patent battle between the wireless chip rivals. The U.S. International trade Commission (ITC) is expected to announce a remedy by June 7 on its earlier finding that Qualcomm's 3G base band chips infringed a Broadcom patent on power-saving technology.

-George Leopold
EE Times

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