Broadcom lawyers and lobbyists were in Washington, DC last week to urge the Bush administration to keep the International Trade Commission's ban on Qualcomm 3G chipsets. Qualcomm has asked for a presidential veto of the ban, and the Bush administration has until August 6 to do so. Broadcom argued that a presidential veto of the ban would weaken efforts by the U.S. to strengthen intellectual property rights globally. The ITC imposed the ban in June after determining that Qualcomm's chips infringe on a Broadcom patent designed to conserve battery power. Broadcom pointed out that only five of the 145 ITC orders have been vetoed.
To read more about Broadcom's moves in DC:
- check out this San Diego Union-Tribune article
- Qualcomm pulls out all the stops for ITC veto case
- Qualcomm rejects Broadcom settlement offer