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Apple Readies Verizon iPhone
October 7, 2010

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone. Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

While Apple is on track to sell 40 million iPhones across the globe this year, the touchscreen handset is facing pressure in the U.S. from phones running Google's Android software, which have been heavily promoted by Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. carrier by subscribers.

The BigTech Patent Madness, Vizualized
October 7, 2010

As we’ve written before, BigTech has pretty much gotten into a new business — that of filing patent lawsuits against one another.

Recounting all the suits would read like a short history of the Peloponnesian War. So for now, we’ll just refer you to these several recent LB posts for a bit more on some recently filed suits (here, here, here). And now there’s this: a visual of all the battles, put together by the good folks over at Information Is Beautiful. (Hat tip: The Recorder’s Legal Pad blog).

Mobile TV Push Gets Fuzzy Reception
July 28, 2010

Chip maker Qualcomm Inc. last week signaled it may give up a costly six-year quest to bring broadcast TV to mobile phones and other devices in the U.S. Not too many people are surprised, however, given the reception for mobile-TV services in the country so far.

Judge Issues Ruling on Qualcomm Patents
January 4, 2008

In the latest chapter is the patent infringement litigation between Qualcomm and Broadcom this week, a federal judge ruled that Qualcomm can no longer sell 3G cellular chips that infringe on Broadcom-held patents. However, Qualcomm is still allowed, per the judge, to sell certain non-3G chips through January of next year. But Broadcom will receive royalties from Qualcomm for chips sold during that 12-month period. Meanwhile, Qualcomm announced Tuesday that it has launched new chips which comply with court rulings, the AP reported. The company said the workarounds will be finished by the end of the first quarter of 2008. According to

Qualcomm Ruling Stands
November 23, 2007

A federal judge on Friday upheld a ruling in the Broadcom’s lawsuit against Qualcomm, finding that the latter company did indeed infringe on three patents held by the former. However, the Wall Street Journal reported, the same judge overturned an earlier decision that called for the $19.6 million award to be doubled. An earlier jury had called the infringement willful, which would have doubled the award to $39.2 million. But James V. Selna determined that due to a change in law recently caused by one similar but unrelated case, the award must not be doubled. After the original verdict in the case,

Judge Halts Qualcomm Ban
September 14, 2007

A federal court has stayed the government’s ban on imports featuring certain Qualcomm chips, acting on a request by several manufacturers who use the chips, the AP reported Thursday. The Manufacturers, as well as AT&T, argued that the ban, imposed in June by the U.S. International Trade Commission as part of a legal dispute between Qualcomm and Broadcom, unfairly impacted them. Judge Haldane R. Mayer agreed, and allowed companies other than Qualcomm to import the disputed chips. The ruling means the manufacturers can go ahead with new launches this fall that contain the disputed technology. The Trade Commission in June banned the

CTIA Urges Reversal of Qualcomm Decision
June 22, 2007

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

Trade Commission Bans Import of Qualcomm Chips
June 8, 2007

In a potentially crippling blow to a top manufacturer of telecom chip technology, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday found that because Qualcomm infringed on chip patents held by Broadcom Corp, importation of phones holding those chips is now banned in the United States, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The ruling bans the import of new mobile phones with the specific Qualcomm chips, which includes manufacturers from Motorola to Samsung and could affect millions of phones. The finding, which came on a 3-2 vote, directly orders wireless carriers to link up with phones carrying the chips, effective June 7. A