Qualcomm ruled in contempt over injunction

A US federal judge has found Qualcomm in contempt of an injunction issued preventing the chip maker from selling certain products that rely on patented Broadcom technology, according to a report by IDG news service.

The US District Court for the Central District of California ruled that Qualcomm must pay royalties to Broadcom for revenue earned from QChat version 3.0, one of the products Qualcomm was ordered to stop selling. The court also ordered Qualcomm to pay Broadcom gross profits from the service and support of QChat, which is push-to-talk software, since the ruling, Qualcomm said.

In addition, the court found that Qualcomm violated the injunction by continuing to service and support certain WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) products that were made and sold between the date of the trial verdict last May and the date of the injunction in December 2007.

Qualcomm said it plans to appeal.

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