Semiconductor company Broadcomm has announced that a federal judge has let stand a jury verdict that found that Qualcomm infringes three of its patents. The company will now seek to enjoin Qualcomm from making, using, selling and developing third generation WCDMA and EV-DO cellular chips that infringe any of the patents.
The case, originally filed by Broadcom in July 2005, claimed that Qualcomm violated the antitrust laws in US by manipulation of standards-setting process. The case was dismissed in 2006 by the district and Broadcom had appealed the decision.
In the ruling in May 2007, a California panel found that Qualcomm had willfully violated Broadcom’s technology and should pay $19.6m in damages. The judge later suggested doubling of the award in August 2007. However, in November 2007, the judge issued his final ruling in the matter overturning his earlier award of double damages and gave Broadcom the option to either accept final decision or to seek a new trial in which the issue of willfulness would be tried again along with Broadcom’s infringement claims. Broadcom has said that it will accept the original compensation of $19.6m and will not be seeking a new trial.
In a separate case, the royalty revenue suit between Nokia and Qualcomm being heard at International Trade Commission in US was dropped due to arbitration earlier this week.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates