Qualcomm Sues Broadcom for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Patent Infringement
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced that it has filed a new complaint against Broadcom Corporation for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. The complaint, filed in federal court in San Diego, charges Broadcom with misappropriating trade secrets relating to Qualcomm's development and marketing of WCDMA baseband integrated circuit products and the multimedia capabilities of such products. It alleges that Broadcom has used the misappropriated trade secrets to compete unfairly with Qualcomm for the sale of WCDMA chipsets. The complaint also accuses Broadcom of infringing Qualcomm's U.S. Patent number 6,717,908 through its manufacture and sale of WCDMA and wireless local area network chipsets. The complaint seeks an injunction prohibiting Broadcom's continued use of Qualcomm's intellectual property and monetary damages.
The new lawsuit is the third intellectual property infringement case brought by Qualcomm against Broadcom. San Diego is the venue of the other two cases as well. To date, Qualcomm has asserted infringement by Broadcom of ten Qualcomm patents. The first trial is scheduled to occur in January 2007.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.