Qualcomm Gets Broadcom Injunction

It claims its rival was misappropriating trade secrets.
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Qualcomm

(QCOM) - Get Report

said a federal court enjoined rival

Broadcom

(BRCM)

from using Qualcomm's confidential WCDMA trade secrets.

San Diego-based Qualcomm and Irvine, Calif.-based Broadcom have been battling in court over their patents for some time.

In the latest salvo, Qualcomm claimed it "discovered that Broadcom, during the period leading up to its introduction of WCDMA baseband products, had engaged in a successful multiyear effort to improperly acquire thousands of pages of Qualcomm confidential business and technical information, including valuable source code, relating to Qualcomm's WCDMA product development."

Qualcomm said the preliminary injunction will remain in effect at least through completion of the trial in this case, set to start next October.

"Qualcomm is pleased with the injunction against Broadcom prohibiting any use of our confidential information, as well as the prohibition against future attempts to obtain such information," said William Sailer, senior vice president and legal counsel for Qualcomm.

"While we welcome fair competition in the marketplace, we will defend our business against those who attempt to misappropriate the benefits of our extensive and continuous investment in research and innovation. This preliminary injunction is an important first step toward protecting Qualcomm from Broadcom's misappropriation and misuse of Qualcomm's intellectual property."