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INFRINGEMENT: Is this the end for SiRF-based PNDs, PDAs and Mobile Phones in the U.S.?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 26.08.08 - 13:55:37 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11323x
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While many GPS-enabled mobile phones and Windows Mobile phones uses Qualcomm's gpsOne technology for embedded GPS, not all mobile devices either use Qualcomm chipsets or Qualcomm's GPS enhancement. And therefore, Broadcom's latest victory might prevent a release of SiRF-enabled in the U.S. As Broadcom announced yesterday, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has recommended that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) bar from importation into the U.S. infringing chips of SiRF Technology Holdings, and all downstream products that incorporate those chips. The affected products include personal navigation devices (PND), GPS modules and receivers, personal digital assistants (PDA), and cellular telephones.

The ALJ also recommended that the ITC enter a Cease and Desist Order prohibiting SiRF from engaging in certain activities related to the infringing chips. The recommended remedy determination of ITC Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski follows his Initial Determination earlier this month, in which he found that SiRF infringes six GPS-related patents held by Global Locate, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Broadcom. That ruling followed a trial earlier this year. A Final Determination by the full six-person Commission on both the finding of infringement and the remedy is expected by early December.

The remedy recommendation, issued last Friday (August 22), would bar both SiRF and manufacturers of products such as PNDs, PDAs and cellular phones from bringing their products into the U.S. if they contain SiRF's infringing chips. The infringing chips include a range of SiRF GPS products.

Cheers ~ Arne

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