Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that the federal court in Chicago, Illinois has granted Qualcomm's motion to transfer the lawsuit filed by Motorola Incorporated against Qualcomm to San Diego, where an earlier complaint filed by Qualcomm against Motorola is pending.
The Motorola action was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and alleges design patent and trade dress infringement by Qualcomm. The Illinois court today transferred the case to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California where Qualcomm had previously filed for a judicial determination that its recently announced palm-sized PCS Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)digital "Q" phone does not infringe any patents, trade dress or other alleged intellectual property rights of Motorola. Qualcomm's San Diego lawsuit was precipitated by threatening communications it received from Motorola following the unveiling of the new "Q" phone at a leading wireless industry trade show in San Francisco.
"We are pleased that the Court in Illinois has decided that Motorola's allegations will be addressed in the same San Diego court that will hear Qualcomm's lawsuit," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, president of Qualcomm's Subscriber Products Division. "We are currently ramping production of the 'Q' phone at our San Diego factory to satisfy the demand of PCS carriers and their customers. We look forward to resolving this legal dispute as we continue to design and manufacture innovative new products for the growing CDMA marketplace."
Qualcomm's Personal Communications Services (PCS) 1900 MHz "Q" phone is the smallest and lightest CDMA phone in existence, weighing in at approximately five ounces. Designed with frequent wireless users in mind, the "Q" phone offers the convenience of a small phone plus delivers the advanced performance of a complete wireless information appliance. The new "Q" phone supports instant wireless access to information previously available only from computing devices, including meeting schedules, airline reservations, stock quotes, weather reports, movie listings and sports scores. The "Q" phone is expected to become commercially available during summer of 1997. The hallmarks of every Qualcomm CDMA digital phone include crystal clear voice quality, enhanced privacy, fewer dropped calls, and longer talk and stand-by times.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora Pro™ electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
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