LONDON -- A federal judge has upheld a decision in favor of Braodcom Corp against archrival Qualcomm Inc. that the latter infringed on three Broadcom patents related to video compression, and technology that enables a handset to simultaneously access data and voice networks.
However, the verdict overturned U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna's earlier decision to double the damages a jury had awarded to Irvine, California based Broadcom to $39.3 million.
Broadcom said it would now seek to prevent Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) from making, using, selling, and developing third-generation WCDMA and EV-DO cellular chips that infringe any of the three patents that were in question.
The decision is the latest of many legal skirmishes between the bitter rivals.
Earlier this year, a unanimous federal jury in Santa Ana, Calif. found that Qualcomm infringed three Broadcom cellular phone baseband patents, and that the infringement had been willful, allowing the judge to double the damage award to Broadcom for past infringement from $19.6 million to $39.3 million.
Earlier this week, Judge Selna gave Broadcom the option to accept the decision or seek a new trial in which the issue of willfulness would be tried again, along with the infringement claims.
Broadcom said Friday (Nov. 23) it plans to accept the $19.6 million in compensatory damages and not seek a new trial. It added it would immediately pursue an injunction against Qualcomm's infringing products.