CTIA Urges Reversal of Qualcomm Decision
The wireless telecommunication industry’s lobbying group has come out guns-blazing against the U.S. International Trade Commission’s recent decision to ban the import of certain chips manufactured by Qualcomm due to a patent dispute. Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA: The Wireless Association, urged President Bush this week, in a letter, to block the implementation of the ITC decision.
On June 7, the commission ruled that because Qualcomm had infringed patents on chips held by rival Broadcom Corp., import of cell phones containing those chips was banned. The ban went into effect June 7, but chips imported before that date may still be sold in the U.S. An Orange County, Calif., court had ruled in May that Qualcomm infringed the patent, and awarded $19.6 million in damages to Broadcom.
In the letter to the president Largent called the banned chips “critical to the operation” of the major wireless carriers, and charged that the loss of the chips will “freeze innovation” for the industry.