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Judge doubles fine for Qualcomm

Posted: 17 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm-Broadcom suit  infringement case  ITC ruling 

A U.S. District Court judge in Santa Ana, California, has ordered Qualcomm Inc. to pay Rs.158.96 crore ($39.3 million) of damages and legal fees over its infringement case with Broadcom Corp.

An injunction hearing in the case, in which Broadcom is seeking to bar future infringement of the patents by Qualcomm, is scheduled to begin August 21.

Building on the May decision of a federal jury that ordered a Rs.79.44 crore ($19.64 million) fine in damages, judge James V. Selna doubled the amount finding that Qualcomm intentionally infringed Broadcom's patents. "There is a spectrum of improper conduct for determining the amount to award. That Qualcomm's conduct was not at the most egregious end of the spectrum does not mean that no enhanced award is due," he said.

On August 7, a U.S. District Court judge in San Diego ruled against Qualcomm in an infringement case it brought involving two digital video compression patents. Qualcomm was also denied in its bid for a White House veto on the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) order banning the importation of certain handsets containing Qualcomm chips that infringed Broadcom patents.

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