Jury says Broadcom did not infringe on Qualcomm patents

A US federal jury has ruled that Broadcom did not infringe on two of rival semiconductor maker Qualcomm's patents for video compression technology, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the nine-day trial, the latest turn in a long-running legal battle between the two companies included testimony from both chairmen, Broadcom's Henry Samueli and Qualcomm's Irwin Jacobs.

Lou Lipin, Qualcomm's general counsel, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the company was disappointed with the verdict and had not decided whether to appeal, the Associated Press report said.
Qualcomm representatives did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press.

The verdict comes amid a fierce attack against Qualcomm's business model by Broadcom, Nokia and other wireless equipment makers who say Qualcomm charges excessive royalties for rights to its patented inventions, the Associated Press report said.

Qualcomm accused Broadcom of violating two patents for the compressing of video signals, technology that is used in DVD players, digital televisions and iPod music players, the report added.