Court rules Broadcom chip infringes on rival

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Court rules Broadcom chip infringes on rival

A court has ruled that a cable set-top box tuner chip manufactured by Broadcom infringes on a patent held by Microtune, and has ordered a halt to sales and shipments of the chip.

The court also ordered Broadcom to pay compensatory damages and attorney's fees for Microtune, which will amount to between $7m and $10m.

Microtune welcomed the judgment in a statement and said it believed that Broadcom's successor to the chip in question also infringes on its patents. Microtune has petitioned the court for a hearing on those allegations next January. The court had earlier set a trial date of June 2004.

Earlier this month Broadcom settled a number of outstanding legal spats with Intel, agreeing to pay the company $60m. Broadcom and Intel also struck a number of patent cross-licensing agreements.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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