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Broadcom Wins Patent Litigation Against Qualcomm

The jury awarded Broadcom $19.6 million in damages, although that figure could be tripled under certain conditions.

Broadcom Corporation won an important patents battle against Qualcomm Incorporated Tuesday when a nine-person jury unanimously found that Qualcomm had infringed three Broadcom patents.

The jury awarded Broadcom $19.6 million in damages, although that figure could be tripled under certain conditions. The firm has been engaged in a string of court battles over patents. The ruling after 13 days of trial in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, included another two-and-a-half days of deliberations.

"We are very pleased with the jury's verdict, and gratified that the jurors were able to absorb and evaluate very technical material and arrive at the conclusion that Qualcomm once again is improperly utilizing our patented technology covering cellular baseband solutions," said David A. Dull, Broadcom's senior vice president and general counsel, in a statement.

Qualcomm and Broadcom have been engaged in acrimonious legal exchanges for several months over patents for mobile phones.

Broadcom hailed what it termed its pioneering work in wired and wireless technology. "Broadcom's patents are our company's lifeblood, representing substantial financial investment and the hard work and innovations of our engineers around the world," said Dull.

Qualcomm countered that Broadcom had purchased the patents at issue in the case.

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