MANHASSET, N.Y. The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has begun to investigate whether Qualcomm Inc. has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing baseband processor chips or chipsets, transmitter or receiver (radio) chips, power control chips, or products containing these items that infringe upon multiple patents belonging to Broadcom Corp.
Broadcom (Irvine, Calif.), filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California May 19, alleging Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) infringed on the Broadcom patents related to wired and wireless communications. In addition, Broadcom also filed a complaint with the ITC seeking to permanently exclude the importation of the infringing devices into the United States.
The case has been referred to ITC administrative law judge Charles E. Bullock, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing and then make an initial determination, which it expects to issue early next year. The ITC is likely to hand down its final determination in the second half of 2006.