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Court dismisses Broadcom complaint vs. Qualcomm

Posted: 05 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm? CDMA? Broadcom? antitrust complain? licensing?

Qualcomm Inc. announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has dismissed Broadcom's antitrust complaint against Qualcomm in its entirety. Originally filed in July 2005 and later amended, the complaint alleged a variety of purported antitrust violations by the company, each of which was rejected by the District Court.

In a 47-page opinion, the Court held that Qualcomm's sales and licensing activities as alleged by Broadcom "do not support an inference that competition in the UMTS chipset market is, or will be injured by Qualcomm's licensing practices." As to the complaint's allegations regarding the company's purported refusal to grant Broadcom a license for patents essential to the WCDMA 3G cellular standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, the Court held "that Qualcomm's alleged conduct does not support claims for monopolization or attempted monopolization."

"Our business model is built upon making our innovations available to the entire wireless industry through the widespread licensing of our intellectual property and the creation and supply of advanced chipsets and software solutions. Qualcomm has scrupulously abided by its commitments to standards development organizations to offer licenses for its essential patents on fair and reasonable terms," said Qualcomm President Steve Altman in a statement.




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