Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that following a three week jury trial in the United States District Court in San Jose, California, an eight-person jury issued a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Qualcomm and its wholly owned subsidiary SnapTrack Inc., on six of the seven claims at issue in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against them by Zoltar Satellite Alarm Systems. While the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the one remaining patent claim, Qualcomm and SnapTrack have filed a motion for judgement as a matter of law, asking Judge James Ware, who presided over the case, to dismiss that claim from the case. The court has taken the motion under submission.
“Qualcomm is appreciative of the jury’s verdict and we will continue to work for a favorable disposition of the one remaining claim,” said Louis M. Lupin, senior vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm. “Because intellectual property rights are vitally important to our company, we believe it is essential to challenge meritless intellectual property claims to preserve the value and integrity of legitimate claims.”
Zoltar’s lawsuit accused Qualcomm’s and SnapTrack’s position location technology of infringing three patents when used to determine the location of the caller making an E-911 emergency telephone call using a cellular phone. Qualcomm’s and SnapTrack’s patented position location technology supports hundreds of location-based applications and is being widely deployed by numerous wireless carriers around the world.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company’s CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.