by Mike Masnick

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broadcom, qualcomm, verizon

Verizon Can't Wait For Courts To Sort Out Broadcom/Qualcomm Suit -- Pays Off Broadcom Itself

from the why-your-phones-may-be-more-expensive dept

We've covered the somewhat ridiculous patent lawsuit between Qualcomm and Broadcom that has gone on for quite some time (and still has a ways to go). Broadcom convinced the US International Trade Commission to ban the import of next generation Qualcomm chips (while still letting current chip technology be imported). That gave Qualcomm some time to fight the ban, but it clearly worried some of Qualcomm's customers. One of Qualcomm's largest customers, Verizon Wireless, apparently has decided that it doesn't like the uncertainty over all of this and is paying a license to Broadcom itself on the chips, effectively paying the patent licensing fee that Qualcomm is fighting, just in case Qualcomm loses. Still, it's pretty expensive ($6 per phone) and it likely means that Verizon Wireless phones will be more expensive even though the legal process hasn't yet run its course. Of course, Broadcom could also turn around and claim that both Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless should need to pay the license (which is quite common in patent suits of this nature), meaning that this might not even take Qualcomm off the hook for the Verizon Wireless phones.

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    happymellon, 25 Jul 2007 @ 2:22am

    That's what you get...

    I don't want to sound like I'm a flamebait, but seriously. Qualcomm own so much of the CDMA tech is all this not surprising? If they win then they may be able to cross licence and get out of paying Qualcomm fees. Then they would have cheaper tech than everyone else, it happens all the time so I'm confused to why this is so high profile.

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    inc, 25 Jul 2007 @ 2:57am

    the circle is complete... serves them right for messing with my Vonage service.

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