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Jury favors Broadcom in patent case against Qualcomm

Posted: 31 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom? Qualcomm? digital video compression?

Broadcom Corp. announced that a federal jury in San Diego found that the company had not infringed two patents for digital video compression owned by Qualcomm Inc.

According to the company, the nine-member U.S. District Court jury reached its unanimous verdict after six hours of deliberation, rejecting Qualcomm's claims of infringement following a nine-day trial that included testimony from multiple experts as well as the companies' chairmen, Broadcom co-founder Dr. Henry Samueli and Qualcomm co-founder Dr. Irwin Jacobs.

In addition to finding the two patents not infringed, in an advisory opinion to the presiding judge, the jury found that Broadcom that Qualcomm knowingly violated a duty to disclose its patents to the Joint Video Team (JVT), or its parent organization, during the JVT's preparation and eventual adoption of the video compression industry standard known as the H.264 standard, the company said.

In a second advisory opinion to the judge, the jury found that Broadcom proved that Qualcomm committed inequitable conduct before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by breaching its duty of honesty and good faith in dealings with the USPTO.

"This is a victory not just for Broadcom but for the entire digital video community, against an attempt by Qualcomm once again to tax an important new technologyin this instance based upon the claims of a single patent," said David A. Dull, Broadcom's senior vice president and general counsel.

Today's victory marks Broadcom's second consecutive win against Qualcomm involving intellectual property issues. Last fall, a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled that Qualcomm's cellular baseband chips infringe five claims of a Broadcom patent.

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