June 16, 2005
News Release 05-071
Inv. No. 337-TA-543
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN BASEBAND PROCESSOR CHIPS AND CHIPSETS, TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER (RADIO) CHIPS, POWER CONTROL CHIPS, AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING SAME, INCLUDING CELLULAR TELEPHONE HANDSETS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain baseband processor chips and chipsets, transmitter and receiver (radio) chips, power control chips, and products containing same, including cellular telephone handsets. The products at issue in this investigation are computer chips that are used in wireless telecommunications devices.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Broadcom Corporation of Irvine, CA, on May 19, 2005, alleging violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain baseband processor chips and chipsets, transmitter and receiver (radio) chips, power control chips, and products containing same, including cellular telephone handsets, that infringe patents owned by Broadcom. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and a permanent cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified Qualcomm Incorporated of San Diego, CA, as the respondent in this investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-543), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Charles E. Bullock, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Bullock will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the President of the United States within that 60-day period.

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