SAN FRANCISOA U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) administrative law judge has recommended that the ITC bar the importation into the U.S. of chips from SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. that infringe on patents held by a Broadcom Corp. subsidiary, according to a statement issued by Broadcom (Irvine, Calif.) Monday (Aug. 25).
Judge Carl Charneski also recommended that the ITC block the importation of all downstream products that incorporate those chipssuch as personal navigation devices and cell phonesand prohbit SiRF from engaging in certain activities related to them, Broadcom said.
Earlier this month,
Charneski ruled that SiRF infringed on six patents related to global positioning system (GPS) technology held by Global Locate Inc., a subsidiary of Broadcom. The ruling covers a range of SiRF products, including those incorporating the SiRFstarIII and SiRFInstant GPS architectures.
A final determination by the ITC on Charneski's infringement finding and remedy recommendation is expected in early December, according to Broadcom.
In addition to the infringement claims against SiRF in the ITC, Broadcom and Global Locate have sued SiRF in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., in two different filings.