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International Trade Commission Upholds Patent Ruling Against SiRF
Friday, August 15, 2008
Washington, DC -- Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has denied the request of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (SiRF) to review an Initial Determination that found no violation by Global Locate, Inc. of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. Global Locate is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Broadcom, acquired in July 2007.
ITC Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern had previously ruled that two of SiRF's GPS patents were not infringed by Global Locate and that the asserted claims of one of the patents were invalid, following a six-day trial last March. SiRF had already dismissed two additional patents from the case prior to trial.
The Commission's Final Determination in favor of Broadcom, which concludes that investigation, follows a ruling last week by another ITC judge in a separate investigation that certain SiRF products infringe six patents owned by Global Locate.
"We are pleased that the Commission concluded its investigation by affirming the Judge's Initial Determination, which rejected SiRF's claims against Global Locate. Going forward, Broadcom and Global Locate will continue to pursue all available remedies against SiRF to protect our intellectual property." said David Rosmann, Broadcom's Vice President, Intellectual Property Litigation.
Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. We provide the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art, system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything.
Broadcom is one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies, with 2007 revenue of $3.78 billion, and holds over 2,800 U.S. and 1,200 foreign patents, more than 7,300 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia. Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at http://www.broadcom.com.
Cautions regarding Forward Looking Statements
All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward- looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to our ability to secure future favorable remedies against SiRF. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.
Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with our ongoing litigation with SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. include, but are not limited to:
- our ability to prevail in the U.S. International Trade Commission proceedings originally filed by Global Locate and us against SiRF;
- the ability of our patents to protect our intellectual property and products;
- our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights; and
- the risks associated with litigation in general, including the costs and time that must be devoted to litigation, the potential diversion of management's attention that may result from being engaged in litigation, and the possibility of adverse results.
Additional factors that may cause Broadcom's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the list that can be found at http://www.broadcom.com/press/additional_risk_factors/Q32008.php.
Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason.
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