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Qualcomm, Broadcom drop some lawsuits, but continue to clash

Mon, 03/19/2007 - 7:17am
Brian Santo, CED

Broadcom and Qualcomm, adversaries in a long-running and bitter patent fight, have dismissed some claims against each other, dialing back the hostility in a spat that’s the closest thing to Jarndyce v. Jarndyce the electronics industry has recently had.

Both companies issued nearly identical, tight-lipped statements that said each is dropping several actions against the other. Both avoided any mention of what sort of agreement or accommodation they might have struck.

Qualcomm has agreed to dismiss all remaining cases against Broadcom awaiting trial in San Diego, including Qualcomm's claims of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. In turn, Broadcom dismissed its counterclaims against Qualcomm in those San Diego cases.

The hostilities are far from over, however. Still being adjudicated are Broadcom’s patent infringement action in the International Trade Commission, in which a remedy hearing will proceed as scheduled on March 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C., and a U.S. District Court case in Santa Ana, Calif., in which Broadcom alleges that Qualcomm infringes three Broadcom patents, which will go to trial in May 2007.

Broadcom also has an antitrust claim against Qualcomm, which is on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The remaining Qualcomm case against Broadcom is a U.S. District Court case in San Diego in which Qualcomm’s allegations that Broadcom infringed two patents relating to video compression were denied (that decision and some background on the Broadcom-Qualcomm spat here). The parties are awaiting the court's final ruling on those issues.

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