qualcomm-broadcomQualcomm and Broadcom announced Sunday that they had reached a settlement on patents. The agreement will end litigation between the companies worldwide, with Qualcomm paying Broadcom $891 million, according to the announcement.
On Wednesday, Qualcomm delayed its second-quarter earnings statement, citing advanced settlement discussions with Broadcom.
Qualcomm made this statement Sunday: “Qualcomm and Broadcom today announced that they have entered into a settlement and multi-year patent agreement. The agreement will result in the dismissal with prejudice of all litigation between the companies, including all patent infringement claims in the International Trade Commission and U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, as well as the withdrawal by Broadcom of its complaints to the European Commission and the Korea Fair Trade Commission.”
Qualcomm will pay Broadcom $891 million over a four-year period, according to the San Diego, Calif-based company. The terms of this agreement will not result in any change to Qualcomm’s 3G (CDMA2000, WCDMA, and TD-SCDMA technologies) and 4G (LTE and WiMAX technologies) licensing revenue model, Qualcomm said.
The terms of the agreement stipulate, among other things, that Broadcom and Qualcomm agree not to assert patents against each other for their respective integrated circuit products and certain other products and services and Broadcom agrees not to assert its patents against Qualcomm’s customers for Qualcomm’s integrated circuit products incorporated into cellular products.
“We believe that this resolution is positive for both Qualcomm and Broadcom, our customers, our partners and the overall industry,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, and Scott A. McGregor, president and CEO of Broadcom, in a joint statement.
“The settlement will allow us to direct our full attention and resources to continuing to innovate, improving our competitive position in this economic downturn, and growing demand for wireless products and services,” Jacobs said.

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