Friday, March 31, 2006, 3/31/2006 08:07:00 AM

Qualcomm v. Broadcom -- CDMA Trade Secrets Showdown (Round 3)

Who's suing: QUALCOMM Incorporated, a developer of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other wireless technologies.

Who's being sued: Broadcom Corporation, a competitor.

What's the suit about: Trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement.

Where was it filed: Federal court in San Diego.

What's alleged: Broadcom misappropriated trade secrets relating to QUALCOMM's development and marketing of WCDMA baseband integrated circuit products and the multimedia capabilities of such products. It alleges that Broadcom has used the misappropriated trade secrets to compete unfairly with QUALCOMM for the sale of WCDMA chipsets.

What relief is sought: the complaint seeks an injunction prohibiting Broadcom's continued use of QUALCOMM's intellectual property and monetary damages.

Where did you get this information: Qualcomm's press release.

Do you have anything more balanced: try this link to an article from Silicon.com which provides Broadcom's response (including noting the fact that this is the third lawsuit between the two companies).

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