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
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