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Patent Ruling Strikes a Blow at Qualcomm

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 10 Jun 2007 01:02:08 -0400

The New York Times
June 8, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 - Millions of new mobile phones containing
certain Qualcomm semiconductors could be barred from import into the
United States under a ruling issued Thursday by a federal government
agency in a patent dispute.

Qualcomm said the ruling by the United States International Trade
Commission, if it withstands an appeal, could prevent the importation
into the United States of tens of millions of new mobile handsets
designed for the Verizon, Sprint and AT&T Wireless networks.

The agency ruled that Qualcomm, a semiconductor company based in San
Diego, had infringed on a key patent belonging to Broadcom, a
competing chip company based in Irvine, Calif., that is used in the
design of chips made for advanced 3G, or third-generation, smart
cellphones. Qualcomm said that it planned to appeal immediately to the
federal court to block the ruling. The company also said that it
planned to appeal to President Bush, whose trade representative, Susan
C. Schwab, has 60 days within which to veto the ruling. The company
said it sought "to avoid irreparable harm to U.S. consumers" and
injury to the economy.

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