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Judge Dismisses Part Of Broadcom Suit Against Qualcomm

Broadcom, which had argued that customers were hesitating to purchase its wireless chips because of fear of litigation by Qualcomm, had instituted legal action against its longtime rival.
Qualcomm on Monday said it has won a battle in its ongoing patents war with Broadcom when a federal judge dismissed Broadcom's complaint that Qualcomm had misused some patents.

The two companies have been engaged in longstanding patents litigation and have been jockeying for months before seriously attempting to sign licensing agreements. Qualcomm holds a massive patents portfolio for mobile wireless applications, while Broadcom, although a relative newcomer to the field, has developed impressive technology and patents in recent years.

Qualcomm reported Monday that U.S. District Court Judge William Q. Hayes of the Southern District of California had dismissed a Broadcom lawsuit that had sought to have certain Qualcomm patents declared "exhausted and unenforceable."

The court said that Broadcom had failed to identify any specific patents that were exhausted and/or unenforceable. Qualcomm added that the "court also ruled that Broadcom's purported injuries were to speculative to support the claims alleged."

Broadcom, which had argued that customers were hesitating to purchase its wireless chips because of fear of litigation by Qualcomm, had instituted legal action against its longtime rival, claiming Qualcomm's actions were suppressing competition.

Hayes found also that Broadcom did not cite any specific patents in its complaint.

Broadcom had previously been awarded $19.6 million in damages against Qualcomm after three Qualcomm chip patents were said to have violated three Broadcom chip patents. Later, one of the three patents was found not to be violating any Broadcom patents.