IRVINE, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, announced that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has commenced an investigation into whether Qualcomm Incorporated has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing baseband processor chips or chipsets, transmitter or receiver (radio) chips, power control chips, or products containing these items, including cellular telephone handsets, that infringe multiple Broadcom patents.
Broadcom, in a complaint filed with the ITC on May 19, 2005, is seeking a permanent exclusion order to bar the importation into the United States of those devices, as well as products that incorporate Qualcomm's infringing products. Additionally, Broadcom's complaint requests a cease and desist order to bar further sales of infringing products that have already been imported into the United States by Qualcomm.
The case has been referred to ITC Administrative Law Judge Charles E. Bullock, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing and then make an initial determination, which is expected to issue early next year. The ITC is likely to hand down its final determination in the second half of 2006. If the ITC ultimately agrees to enter an exclusion order, Qualcomm's infringing products would be barred from importation into the United States.
In addition to the complaint filed with the ITC, Broadcom filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm last month in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging that the San Diego-based company infringes 10 Broadcom patents related to wired and wireless communications and multimedia processing technologies.
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors. Our products enable the convergence of high-speed data, high definition video, voice and audio at home, in the office and on the go. Broadcom provides manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices with the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at http://www.broadcom.com.
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