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Qualcomm looks for workaround to Broadcom injunction

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

Keywords:patent infringement? video compression? Broadcom-Qualcomm case?

In an escalation of its ongoing intellectual property war with Broadcom Corp., Qualcomm Inc. this week said it will seek a workaround for a technology a federal jury found infringed Broadcom patents.

Last week, Broadcom said it will "immediately pursue an injunction against" the Qualcomm products. Targeting next-generation CDMA2000 EV-DO and W-CDMA chips, Broadcom said it will "seek to enjoin Qualcomm from making, using, selling and developing third-generation W-CDMA and EV-DO cellular chips that infringe any of the patents."

In July, Qualcomm worked out a deal with its customer Verizon Wireless in which the mobile phone service provider would pay Broadcom up to $200 million for the use of Qualcomm's patent-infringing chips in its handsets; Qualcomm has indicated it will seek to replicate a similar deal with all its customers going forward.

The development follows a decision by U.S. District Court Judge James Selna, who last week reversed an earlier decision to double a $19.6 million judgment meted out against Qualcomm in its litigation with Broadcom.

The judge reversed the previous awardwhich totaled $39.3 million doubled after an award in another patent infringement case involving Seagate Technology was cut in half; there were some similar circumstances in the two patent infringement cases to warrant the cut in the Broadcom award.

Much of Qualcomm's revenue and profits come from its IP. It has been aggressive in attempting to protect its IP, but some handset manufacturers have complained that the company charges too much for its patents. Qualcomm has also been engaged in long-running patent litigation with Nokia.

- W. David Gardner
Information Week




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