Broadcom Dodges Patent Lawsuit

Irvine-based Broadcom said late Friday that the U.S. International Trade Commission has rejected a patent infringment suit filed against the firm by SiRF Technology Holdings. According to Broadcom, an ITC administrative law judge issued an Initial Determination Friday, which rejected claims from SiRF Technology Holdings that two of its GPS patents were infringed upon by Global Locate, which Broadcom aquired last July. Global Locate is a developer of GPS and Assisted GPS technology used in cell phones and personal navigation devices. Broadcom has its own lawsuit pending against SiRF, including one which was filed by Global Locate before it was acquired by Broadcom, and subsequent patent infringement suits from Broadcom itself. SiRF had sued Global Locate over their GPS technology in December of 2006.