US court turns down Qualcomm appeal

A US federal court dismissed a request by Qualcomm to delay an import ban on new mobile phones containing the company's chips, which were found to infringe patents held by Broadcom, an Associated Press report said.

According to the Associated Press report, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said it did not have jurisdiction to consider Qualcomm's request, because the import limits were still under review by the Bush administration.

The administration has until August 6 to decide whether or not to veto the import limits, the Associated Press report said.

The court said it would not consider an appeal until after the 60-day presidential review was complete, according to the report.

The court 'made no determination of the substantive merits' of Qualcomm's appeal, Emily Kilpatrick, a spokeswoman for the company, was quoted by the report as saying.

Kilpatrick said Qualcomm would renew its appeal and seek a delay in the ban after Aug. 6 if the administration does not reverse the import limits, the report said.

The US International Trade Commission imposed the ban June 7 after ruling that Qualcomm's chips infringed a Broadcom patent on battery power-saving technology.

Mobile phone makers such as Motorola and Samsung joined Qualcomm's appeal, as did Sprint Nextel.

In an additional blow to Qualcomm, Verizon Wireless, an affiliate of Verizon, withdrew its support for the appeal yesterday, after striking a deal with Broadcom to license its technology, the Associated Press report further said.