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) says:

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.

Jamie (user link) says:

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.

Witty Nickname says:

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.

vargas (user link) says:

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.

Anonymous Coward says:

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.

Killer_Tofu (profile) says:


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.

Anonymous Coward says:

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.

Witty Nickname says:

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_


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

Ikey Benney, On Patent battle between Qualcomm and (user link) says:

Qualcomm/Broadcom Patent Fight


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

Killer_Tofu (profile) says:


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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