Qualcomm, Motorola defeated in patent case

The U.S. International Trade Commission said that Qualcomm, Motorola and others infringed on Tessera Technologies' patents for packaging chips so that they are protected inside portable devices.

The ITC issued an order prohibiting importation of the chips that infringe on the patents as well as a cease-and-desist order. The suit also includes ATI Tech, a unit of Advanced Micro Devices, Freescale Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics and Spansion as defendants.

Qualcomm said it was disappointed with the ruling but that it had shifted to buying the chip packaging from Amkor, which licenses technology from Tessera. Motorola said it signed a licensing agreement with Tessera.

Last December, an initial ITC decision in the matter favored Qualcomm and Motorola. At the time, an Administrative Law Judge of the ITC held that the patents at issue were valid but that Qualcomm, Motorola and the other companies involved in the dispute did not violate them.

For more:
- see this Reuters article
- see this Qualcomm release

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