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Ruling on Broadcom's petition vs. Qualcomm delayed

Posted: 29 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom-Qualcomm suit? patent infringement? battery-saving feature?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it needs 13 more days to consider the petition filed by Broadcom Corp. to block the U.S. entry of handsets using certain Qualcomm chips, according to a Bloomberg report.

The ITC did not give further details for the delay of the decision that was scheduled on May 26. The agency has to provide appropriate solution after concluding that Qualcomm's latest chips infringed Broadcom patents for battery-saving feature back in December. In this case, a ruling against Qualcomm would disrupt the U.S. mobile phone industry and the introduction of phones that feature faster Internet access and better graphics, according to phone-service providers and handset makers.

Most of Qualcomm chips are manufactured in Ireland, Taiwan and other Asian regions, then brought to the United States in mobile phones made by overseas manufacturers. Broadcom said that the only way to prevent the patent infringement is to ban all imports of handsets with Qualcomm chips.

Four of the United States' biggest phone-service providersAT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobilesaid that a ban would cost billions of dollars in investments and future profits. Other handset manufacturers opposing the ban include LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung Electronics and Kyocera.

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