Last modified on Friday, 04 January 2008 06:30
Wireless chip maker Qualcomm can keep selling chips whose designs infringe patents held by rival Broadcom until January 2009.
U.S. District Judge James Selna said Qualcomm must pay mandatory royalties to Broadcom during the "sunset period" ending Jan. 31, 2009. After that, Qualcomm cannot infringe Broadcom patents any more, he said.
The patents in question are for video compression for mobile phones, walkie-talkie-style technology and simultaneous communications between different types of networks.