ITC Affirms Ruling In Qualcomm, Broadcom Spat

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has denied a request by Qualcomm to stay the recent ITC exclusion order that bans the importation of specific Qualcomm chips into the United States. LG Electronics, Verizon Wireless, Motorola, Kyocera Wireless, Samsung, Sprint Nextel, AT&T, and T-Mobile had all filed motions to stay the ITC order, which was issued on June 7th. In a ruling by the ITC released Thursday, the commission denied the motions for a stay and order. Broadcom and Qualcomm have been locked in a patent lawsuit battle for years, which resulted in the June 7th order which found Qualcomm in violation of a Broadcom patent covering power conservation in cell phones. The original ITC investigation was instituted on June 21, 2005.