September 18, 2007 |
A U.S. trade agency said it would investigate patent-infringement claims by Nokia against Qualcomm Inc. Nokia, based in Espoo, Finland, filed the complaint in August with the U.S. International Trade Commission, a Washington agency that can bar imports of products that infringe U.S. patents. The company said San Diego-based Qualcomm used "unfair trade practices" in relation to five of its patents.
September 13, 2007 |
Qualcomm Inc. won an appeals court ruling Wednesday that lets customers import new mobile-phone models with its chips into the U.S. while the company fights a trade agency's finding that the technology infringes a Broadcom Corp. patent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit put on hold a ban imposed in June by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
September 5, 2007 |
A U.S. appeals court Tuesday revived most of a Broadcom Corp. antitrust lawsuit accusing Qualcomm Inc. of stifling competition for chips that run mobile telephones. Broadcom claimed that Qualcomm, the world's second-biggest maker of chips for mobile phones, refused to license its patents on fair terms to would-be competitors. A federal judge had dismissed the lawsuit, but the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision.
August 17, 2007 |
Nokia, the world's biggest mobile-phone maker, filed a U.S. trade complaint Thursday against San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., the latest in a fight between the two over royalties for chips that run cellphones. The complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, relates to patents for "wireless communication chips and chip sets," according to the commission's website. A public version of the complaint was not available.
August 15, 2007 |
Qualcomm Inc.'s former lawyers, who lost a patent-infringement case in San Diego against rival Broadcom Corp., face possible fines and other sanctions for what a judge called an "organized program of litigation misconduct" in the case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major ordered 14 lawyers from the firms Heller Ehrman and Day, Casebeer, Madrid & Batchelder to appear in court Aug. 29. She said they could face monetary sanctions or even referral to the California State Bar for investigation.
August 14, 2007 |
After one of the worst weeks in Qualcomm Inc.'s history, the embattled cellphone chip maker may be ready to put down its swords. General Counsel Lou Lupin, a 12-year veteran who led Qualcomm's courtroom attacks on competitors, resigned Monday in the aftermath of three bruising legal defeats. Carol Lam was named acting general counsel. The former U.S.
August 11, 2007 |
Broadcom Corp. tentatively was awarded $39.3 million in damages plus attorney fees in a patent dispute with rival chip maker Qualcomm Inc. after a federal judge upheld a jury verdict that Qualcomm infringed three patents. U.S. District Judge James Selna doubled the $19.64-million jury award because the infringement was intentional, he said in a tentative ruling posted Friday on the website of the federal court in Santa Ana.
August 8, 2007 |
A federal judge's harsh rebuke of Qualcomm Inc. added to the legal woes of the San Diego-based wireless chip designer, which is rapidly gaining an unwanted reputation as a company that plays outside the rules. U.S. District Judge Rudi M. Brewster in San Diego berated Qualcomm for orchestrating patent and litigation strategies that were rife with deception.
August 7, 2007 |
san diego -- The Bush administration upheld an import ban Monday on phones that contain Qualcomm Inc. chips, further threatening the introduction of new handsets. U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab said she was sticking to a long practice of declining to overrule the U.S. International Trade Commission unless conditions were extraordinary. The executive branch has overruled the commission only five times, most recently in 1987.
July 27, 2007 |
A federal judge questioned Qualcomm Inc. Thursday about its failure to share tens of thousands of documents with rival chip maker Broadcom Corp. in a patent infringement lawsuit that Qualcomm lost. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major made no decision after a six-hour hearing but said she was struggling to understand how Qualcomm overlooked so many documents and why it didn't turn them over sooner. A Qualcomm attorney, William Boggs, called it an unfortunate but innocent lapse.