Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp. on Friday (March 16) continued efforts to settle at least some of the multiple patent infringement and trade-secret misappropriation claims the two have traded for the last three years. The two companies have agreed to dismiss, without prejudice, all patent claims and counter-claims pending in U.S. District Court in San Diego before Judge Rudi Brewster, and to dismiss with prejudice trade-secret claims in the same court.
The settlement includes six Broadcom patents and four Qualcomm patents, covering various aspects of power-control circuits used in CDMA and WCDMA handsets. The two also have fought over Bluetooth integration into baseband processors, and digital video processing technology.
The two companies settled four earlier patent claims on Feb. 23, also being considered in a San Diego federal court. The new settlement leaves a pending trial in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., as well as hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission. At one point, the two companies were contending in as many as five separate jury trials in San Diego and Orange County, Calif.