President Bush Not Interested In Getting Involved In Qualcomm/Broadcom Patent Fight

from the leave-me-out-of-this dept

Back in June, Broadcom used a bit of a loophole to get Qualcomm in trouble over patents. Rather than just going the traditional court route, Broadcom had the International Trade Commission simply decide that Qualcomm infringed on Broadcom patents, and bar the import of certain next generation Qualcomm chips. While Qualcomm will still appeal the decision in court, it also appealed directly to President Bush. It would appear the President has more important things to do with his time than get involved in a pointless patent battle, as he's decided to allow the ban to stand. Once again, expect many more companies to start going to the International Trade Commission as a way of getting around court rulings that have been a lot less kind to bogus patents lately. In the meantime, Qualcomm claims it has a workaround to avoid infringing on the patent, but somehow we expect Broadcom won't be satisfied.


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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 7th, 2007 @ 11:48am

    The Bush ...

    Has more important things to do,
    like go on vacations at our expense, and not being in Washington except to pass laws he wanted pushed through, and threaten other countries with his tyrannical style of rule, and ignore the public who he is supposed to represent.
    With all those things to do, who has time for making sure the rest of the economical sector that he can't profit from as directly isn't going to suck it up from bad laws.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 7th, 2007 @ 11:48am

    Can'

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 7th, 2007 @ 11:49am

    Can't Wait

    First off, that 2nd post was mistake, hit Enter when hitting the ' button.
    Main reason for starting it and this one:
    Can't wait to see all the flames for that first post.
    I should go get a fire engine hose now.

     

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    Jamie, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 12:04pm

    Re: The Bush ...

    Sorry Killer_Tofu, git too disagree with you here.

    While I may not agree with many things that our President does, I do think he did the right thing here by not getting involved. This is just not something he should be dealing with.

    By the way, the fact that I don't think the President should get involved, does not mean I think the ban should be upheld. I just think that this is an area where the courts should handle the problem. Not the President.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 12:08pm

    You are right he does not profit from them directly however cooperations do pay taxes so therefore the gov't is getting money from them. This could mean trouble for Broadcom. I didn't read about their workaround but I hope it's better attempt than Vonage made.

     

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    Witty Nickname, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 12:30pm

    What is wrong with a vacation?

    Why can't the President go to his ranch for a couple weeks. Like him or not you can't possibly think that the only thing a President does is have an opinion and sign bills!

    Congress is on a 3 month recess, why does he need to be in Washington? He is still connected.

    Sorry, I know it is off topic - but I hate hypocricy. Democrats who didn't care when Clinton went to Martha's Vineyard and whine about Bush going to Crawford are no better than Republicans who impeached Clinton and turn a blind eye when one of their Senators is caught with a prostitute.

     

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    vargas, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 12:32pm

    Improve the laws

    There needs to be some serious change in patent law in this country. Too many companies are allowed to file bogus, silly patent lawsuits against other companies. Or patent things that shouldn't be patented at all. But that's another subject.

    As far as Bush not getting involved - that's about the most sensible thing he's done in a very long time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 12:51pm

    Tired of hypocrisy too

    I agree with "Witty Nickname" in that there is a lot of hypocrisy nowadays, especially with young people.

    It's like it became cool to hate everything the president does. I don't know how many times I've had to hear a 18 year old kid rant on like Tofu about the president like that. It's like they've never looked at previous presidents' behavior.

    Besides, Bush shouldn't get involved in patent issues. And, I am not a republican, or a democrat, because they both pull the same shit whenever one or the other is in power. Read a history book, kids.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 7th, 2007 @ 1:04pm

    Hmmm

    Sorry guys. Got caught up in a rage. Not in the greatest mood today.
    You are right and Bush shouldn't be getting into this at all.
    However the line "appears Bush has more important things to do" kind of pissed me off.
    I do think our current president is a slightly larger waste of time than most though.
    Although, since I have been able to vote, and consequently actually cared, he has been the only president so of course the previous ones seem a lot better. However, I am a little far away from being a teenager anymore.
    I do hate both parties that we can select from.
    I've stated that in several other threads.


    3 month recess. Jesus. Pay them all that money, they get insane health care that we are forced to pay for (so they care less about state of public systems), they get outrageous pensions, only for having to work for 2 - 6 years (or more if they care that much), and they still take 3 months off a year? Please tell me it isn't really 3 months.

     

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    Witty Nickname, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 2:06pm

    Congressional Calendar

    Whenever you see "District Work period" Read: "Congressional Recess"
    And yes, every holiday listed they are not in session.

    Yes... I know St. Patrick's Day and Flag Day are listed (to be semi-fair days like Mother's Day and Father's day are on Sundays_

    Source: www.house.gov/house/House_Calendar.shtml


    January 4 110th Congress, 1st Session convenes
    January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    February 19 Presidents Day
    February 19 - 23 Presidents Day District Work Period
    March 17 St. Patrick's Day
    April 2 - April 13 Spring District Work Period
    April 3 Passover
    April 8 Easter
    May 13 Mother's Day
    May 28 Memorial Day
    May 28 - June 1 Memorial Day District Work Period
    June 14 Flag Day
    June 17 Father's Day
    July 2 - July 6 Independence Day District Work Period
    July 4 Independence Day
    August 6 - August 31 Summer District Work Period
    September 3 Labor Day
    September 13 Rosh Hashanah
    September 22 Yom Kippur
    October 8 Columbus Day
    October 26 Target Adjournment
    November 6 Election Day
    November 11 Veterans Day
    November 22 Thanksgiving Day
    December 5 Hanukkah
    December 25 Christmas Day

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Hmmm

    3 month recess. Jesus. Pay them all that money, they get insane health care that we are forced to pay for (so they care less about state of public systems), they get outrageous pensions, only for having to work for 2 - 6 years (or more if they care that much), and they still take 3 months off a year? Please tell me it isn't really 3 months.

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    yes, and that recess is SO precious to them that they went ahead and passed a poorly-thought-out, overly-broad domestic spying bill cuz the president threatened to keep them after school if they didn't.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 2:52pm

    I just heard on report on NPR that a judge just blasted Qualcomm for actively hiding their patents, and not turning over the required documents during trial. Can't find a source, but it looks like Qualcomm is in trouble. Is this new or old news?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 2:57pm

    dont forget after they leave office they get that same pay and secret service until they die.

     

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    DittoBox, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 3:04pm

    Re: What is wrong with a vacation?

    One need not be a Democrat to dislike and disapprove of Mein F├╝hrer.

    In fact I think both Democrats and Republicans both are a bunch of facist pigs.

     

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    Qualcomm/Broadcom Patent Fight

    Hello:

    This is very smart of President Bush.

    Politicians should not be taking sides in disputes between businesses.

    That is what the courts are for.

    Besides, President Bush has more important issues (such as fighting international terrorism and capturing Osama) to keep him busy than meddling in corporate disputes.

    Ikey Benney

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 8th, 2007 @ 6:29am

    Osama

    They had Osama cornered pretty much, and let him go.
    The guy who were in very high positions in the army at the time (right before Iraq) have stated such.
    All they needed was more troops and they could have had him in Afganistan (sp?). But they were refused the troops because all of a sudden Iraq became a priority.
    And then Osama got away.
    But, we almost had him, and our army leaders requests for troops were ignored.

     

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