September 18, 2007
News Release 07-094
Inv. No. 337-TA-614
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION CHIPS AND CHIPSETS, AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING SAME, INCLUDING WIRELESS HANDSETS AND NETWORK INTERFACE CARDS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain wireless communication chips and chipsets, and products containing same, including wireless handsets and network interface cards. The products at issue in this investigation are wireless chips, such as baseband processor chips, RF chips, single chip solutions, and base station processor chips, and chipsets and other products containing such chips.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Nokia Corporation of Finland and Nokia Inc. of Irving, TX, on August 16, 2007. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain wireless communication chips and chipsets, and products containing same, including wireless handsets and network interface cards, that infringe patents owned by Nokia. The complainants request that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.

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

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-614), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Paul J. Luckern, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Luckern 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 U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

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