Motorola, Qualcomm win in patent dispute

Motorola and Qualcomm won an initial decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission in a patent dispute with the chip-maker Tessera Technologies.

The decision, made by an Administrative Law Judge of the ITC, held that the patents at issue were valid but that Motorola, Qualcomm and other companies involved in the dispute did not violate them. Tessera said it was glad the patents were upheld, but disappointed with the result.

"More generally, it should be noted the Initial Determination will not impact any of our financial results," Tessera CEO Henry Nothhaft said. "We have not included any revenue based on the outcome of this action in our forecasts, and we remain financially strong, focused on developing innovative technologies, and confident in our business."

The initial decision can be overturned by the full ITC within 120 days. ATI Technologies, Freescale Semiconductor Spansion and ST Microelectronics were the other parties being sued for violation of the patents. 

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