ITC TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON REMEDY AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST
IN SECTION 337 PATENT INFRINGEMENT CASE
INVOLVING BROADCOM CORPORATION AND QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced that it will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, in connection with its Section 337 investigation involving Certain Baseband Processor Chips and Chipsets, Transmitter and Receiver (Radio) Chips, Power Control Chips, and Products Containing Same. The case involves a patent infringement dispute between Broadcom Corporation of Irvine, CA, and Qualcomm Incorporated of San Diego, CA.
The hearing will focus on the issues of remedy and the public interest. Presentations concerning the violation determinations already made in the case will not be permitted.
The Commission also announced that it will extend the target date for completing the case to May 8, 2007.
The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency, may hold public hearings at its discretion in section 337 investigations. The Commission decided to extend the target date for completion of this investigation and to hold a public hearing in view of the impact that an exclusion order covering downstream products may have on the public interest.
The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, continuing if necessary on Thursday, March 22, 2007, in the Main Hearing Room at the ITC Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC. The hearing will be limited to the issues of remedy and the public interest. In particular, the Commission will hear presentations concerning the appropriate remedy and the effect that such remedy would have upon the public interest.
Parties to the remedy stage of the investigation, government agencies, public interest groups, and interested members of the public may appear at the hearing. Requests to appear at the public hearing must received no later than 5:15 p.m. on February 28, 2007, and must be filed with the Secretary to the Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Persons who wish to participate must provide their e-mail addresses as part of their contact information. Participants are also asked to provide a one-page synopsis of their oral presentations indicating what position they have on the issues to be addressed at the hearing. These documents will be placed in the public record and will be posted on the ITC's web site.
Further information on the scope of the hearing and eligibility to participate in it, as well as background on the investigation, may be found in the Commission's Federal Register notice, which is posted on the ITC's web site.