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Broadcom scores as White House upholds ITC ruling

Posted: 08 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:White House decision? ITC ruling? Broadcom victory?

Broadcom Corp. has won a major victory in its bitter legal battle with Qualcomm Inc. with the August 6 decision by the Bush administration to uphold the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) order barring the importation of Qualcomm chips and certain cellular phones containing those chips that infringe a Broadcom patent.

"We are gratified by the decision of U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab not to intervene in this case," said David Dull, Broadcom's senior VP and general counsel, in a statement. "This decision strengthens the intellectual property rights of all U.S. companies, not just Broadcom, and sends a clear message to all those who would seek to escape the consequences of their patent infringement.''

Last year, an ITC administrative law judge and later the Commission, in a unanimous ruling, found that Qualcomm's cellular baseband chips infringe five claims of Broadcom's U.S. Patent No. 6,714,983, which relates generally to power conservation in cellular phones.

On June 7, 2007, the six-member Commission issued its Final Determination on a remedy for Qualcomm's infringement, ordering that certain Qualcomm chips that infringe the patent, and future downstream products such as cellular phones that incorporate those chips, be barred from importation into the United States.

The ITC's June 7 order was subject to a 60-day Presidential review period, which involved extensive review by U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, who had been previously designated by President Bush to decide whether to let the ITC order stand or to overturn it through a statutory disapproval.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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