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Broadcom slings another suit at Qualcomm

Mon, 07/04/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Broadcom Corp. applied more litigious heat to Qualcomm Inc. Tuesday, alleging the cellular technology company violated U.S. antitrust laws through its licensing and other business practices.

The move comes in the wake of another suit in which Broadcom is alleging Qualcomm has infringed on 10 Broadcom patents related to wired and wireless communications, and multimedia processing technologies. Broadcom filed that suit on May 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

In the most recent complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Broadcom claimed that Qualcomm has abused the wireless technology standards-setting process and that it has failed to meet licensing commitments for cellular wireless standards "on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms." Further, Broadcom is alleging that Qualcomm has engaged in anti-competitive practices in the market for cellular technology and chipsets.

Broadcom is seeking monetary damages and a permanent injunction barring unfair business practices.

"Our goal is simply to ensure fair competition and a level playing field, not just for Broadcom, but for the entire cellular industry," said Broadcom President & CEO Scott McGregor, in a release. "Their monopoly in CDMA technology has increased the price of cell phones in the U.S., and we are hoping that the courts will prevent the same thing from happening with the next generation '3G' cell phones."

In response, a Qualcomm spokeswoman said the company is looking into the latest lawsuit, but believes "Broadcom's allegations are without merit."

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