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Microtune, Broadcom kiss and make up

Sun, 06/13/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Microtune Inc. and Broadcom Corp. have agreed to settle all outstanding patent and antitrust litigation between the two silicon tuner rivals.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but as part of the settlement, the two companies have entered a cross-licensing agreement for the other's technology. Under that part of the agreement, all products of Broadcom are licensed under all of Microtune's patents, and all current products and future analog signal processing products of Microtune's are licensed under all of Broadcom's analog signal processing and related "foundational" patents.

The settlement is the final chapter of a long-running legal feud between the two companies. Most recently, the U.S. International Trade Commission denied a petition from Broadcom to revisit an earlier ruling from an ITC judge that found that Microtune did not infringe on a particular Broadcom patent tied to silicon tuner technology.

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