The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed Monday that Qualcomm should be punished for what has in other cases been called a "patent ambush" -- not disclosing patents to a standards-setting body and then suing adopters of the standard. In this case, Qualcomm's target was Broadcom. Patent and antitrust law observers called the opinion one of only a few in the area of standards-setting organizations and said it helps clarify legal behavior in that murky area.
Patent Ambush Costs Qualcomm
December 2, 2008