A federal jury found that Qualcomm is infringing several of Broadcom’s patents. Broadcom was awarded $19.64 million in damages. They found Qualcomm's infringement was willful, which allows the court to increase the damages up to three times the amount awarded by the jury.
The jury found that Qualcomm’s cellular baseband chips and software infringe three Broadcom patents. One applies to EV-DO chips. Broadcom plans to ask the court to issue a permanent injunction barring Qualcomm from further infringement of the three patents.
Qualcomm pointed out that none of the three patents involved (U.S. Patents Nos. 6,847,686; 6,389,010; and 5,657,317) speaks directly to cellular phone technology. It furthermore believes them invalid. It vowed to appeal.