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Qualcomm-Broadcom battle continues

Posted: 03 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  Qualcom  patent infringement 

It seems that the Broadcom-Qualcomm battle will never cease.

A federal judge this week (Dec. 31) issued an injunction against Qualcomm Inc.'s continued infringement of three Broadcom patents. As ordered by U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna, the injunction prohibits Qualcomm from making, using and selling certain chipsets and software that infringe Broadcom patent no. 6,847,686, 5,657,317 and 6,389,010. These patents pertain to 3G W-CDMA and EV-DO chips, and push-to-talk software.

The injunction also prohibits Qualcomm from engaging in a broad range of additional activities. According to the terms of the injunction, Qualcomm is prohibited, for example, from advertising, marketing or otherwise promoting; entering or fulfilling product orders; setting, determining or approving terms of sale; providing customer service or technical support; negotiating or entering into licensing, representative, reseller or distributor agreements; developing, designing or manufacturing; writing, modifying or updating software; developing or modifying circuits; writing, modifying or updating hardware description code language; or taping out or preparing documentation for, infringing products.

Qualcomm and Broadcom have been at odds for most part of 2007, with even the White House figuring out in this patent row.

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