updated 03:05 pm EDT, Sat June 23, 2007
Qualcomm ban supported
The International Trade Commission has refused pleas by Qualcomm to suspend a ban on the import of chips and phones using its technology. IDG News reports that the ITC has issued an eight-page ruling, noting that Qualcomm has not met a "four-prong" test: likelihood of appeal success, the threat of irreparable harm, a lack of harm to others, and public interest.
Hours before the ruling's distribution, the cellular industry organization CTIA had actually delivered a letter to US President George Bush, urging him to intervene in face of an innovation "freeze" on wireless and emergency phone services. Qualcomm may also attempt to seek help from the US Court of Appeals.
The ban, requested for patent reasons by rival outfit Broadcom, could have a dramatic impact on the US cellphone market. Many companies rely on Qualcomm technology, especially the CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon. Companies such as AT&T may also be affected, though to a lesser extent and possibly not at all in the case of its new flagship product, the Apple iPhone. Components or technicalities of the ban may make it exempt.