Federal court dismisses Broadcom antitrust complaint against Qualcomm Ingrid Burke at 10:45 AM ET
[JURIST] Wireless communications company Qualcomm [corporate website] announced [press release] Monday that the US District Court for the Southern District of California [official website] has dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit against it by longtime corporate rival Broadcom [corporate website] asking the court to declare several Qualcomm patents exhausted and unenforceable. In the order issued Thursday, Judge William Hayes held that Broadcom's complaint lacked grounds for relief based on a failure to list the particular patents that were allegedly exhausted. Broadcom also failed to identify sales or licenses which would have triggered the exhaustion of Qualcomm's patents. The court also found Broadcom's purported injuries were too speculative to warrant declaratory relief. Hayes wrote:
The Court has considered the totality of the circumstances and concludes that the Complaint does not allege a controversy of "sufficient immediacy andreality to warrant the issuance" of a far-reaching declaratory judgment premised on a finding that Qualcomms unidentified patents that are embodied in wireless chipsets and handsets are exhausted.
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