Menu
Plea to President for veto of Qualcomm ban

Plea to President for veto of Qualcomm ban

The head of the cellular industry association sent a letter to President Bush, asking him to strike the US International Trade Commission's recent ban on the import of Qualcomm phones in the US.

The ban, issued by the commission on June 7, can be vetoed by the president within 60 days of the ruling. Historically, presidents have rarely overturned such a decision from the ITC.

The ban will "freeze innovation" for wireless networks in the country and will adversely affect public safety, wrote Steve Largent, president and CEO of the CTIA cellular industry association in a letter to the president sent on Wednesday.

In addition to diminishing public safety agencies' ability to conduct basic communications, the ban will also hinder the mobile industry's efforts to improve emergency 911 services, he wrote. That's because the ban only covers future phone models while allowing existing phones to continue to reach the market. As a result, new technologies that can allow better pinpointing of 911 callers won't be imported if the ban stands, Largent wrote.

He paints a broad picture of woe across the industry that will result from the ban. "Substantial investments will be stranded and jobs will be lost if the ITC importation ban is allowed to stand," according to the letter.

Largent warns that the ban will force the redesign of all handsets that use the chips, a process that could take 18 months to two years and could cost millions of dollars. That process will reduce the international competitiveness of the companies and pass on costs to consumers, he said.

The ban is a result of a patent feud between Qualcomm and Broadcom. The ITC ruling follows an earlier finding that Qualcomm infringed on a Broadcom patent related to power management.

The ITC took unusual steps in order to develop the parameters of the ban, holding hearings with the two companies and entertaining ideas from the industry. It is rare for the ITC to grandfather in products, allowing them to be imported even though they have been found to infringe intellectual property.

If the president doesn't strike the ban, Qualcomm can appeal the decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, asking for a stay of the ban. However, the court rarely issues stays to such decisions.

Qualcomm has said that it plans to urge the president to overturn the ban and if he doesn't, the company will appeal the decision in court.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags qualcommbroadcomctiapatent dispute

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments