Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that it is willing to grant royalty-free licenses to U.S. Patent No. 6,714,983 to state and local government agencies and private not-for-profit organizations to import cellular phones for use in public health, safety and emergency response applications.
In December 2006, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) affirmed a finding that certain Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) chips infringe the ’983 patent. On June 7, 2007, the ITC ordered that those infringing chips, and future model cellular phones containing those chips, be barred from importation into the United States. The order specifically exempted the importation of cellular phones for use by the U.S. Government.
“While we believe the ITC’s narrowly tailored order already eliminates any meaningful impact on public safety, to remove any remaining doubt we will hold open, for the life of the patent, an offer to license the ’983 patent royalty-free to state and local government agencies and private not-for-profit organizations to import cellular phones for use in public health, safety and emergency response applications,” said David A. Dull, Broadcom’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
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Broadcom is one of the world’s largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2006 revenue of $3.67 billion, and holds over 2,000 U.S. and 800 foreign patents, more than 6,000 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video and data. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000.
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