LAWFUEL – The Law News Wire – Reuters report that a federal jury found Qualcomm guilty of infringing three patents owned by a smaller rival, the Broadcom Corporation, a maker of cellphone chips, and it awarded Broadcom $19.6 million in damages yesterday, the companies said.
Qualcomm, a wireless chip supplier, said it would file motions to try to overturn the verdict, and, if unsuccessful, it would appeal.
Qualcomm noted that the damages award could be increased by up to threefold for willful infringement, which would be determined by the trial judge.
Broadcom said that it planned to ask the Federal District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., to bar Qualcomm from further infringement of the wireless technology patents.
The court set a June 18 hearing date to schedule the motions, Qualcomm said.
Broadcom had also asked the International Trade Commission to ban the American sale of high-speed cellphones with Qualcomm chips. The commission will rule June 7.