Cell Phone Makers Cleared To Use Broadcom Chips

Law360, New York (February 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Cell phone makers Samsung and Panasonic may continue to use Broadcom Corp. chips without the threat of patent infringement suits from Qualcomm Inc., Broadcom said Monday.

In a January oral ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster said that Samsung and Panasonic are permitted to use Broadcom's chips in their WCDMA-based cellular handsets under the terms of their existing patent licenses with Qualcomm. The cell phone makers had contracts with Qualcomm before switching to Broadcom’s chips.

WCDMA is a high-speed transmission network used in the...
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