Court pushes back Qualcomm request for stay of ban

A federal appeals court dismissed for now Qualcomm's request for a stay of the ban on its chips.

A federal court won't consider Qualcomm's request for a stay of a trade commission order that bans the importation of its chips into the U.S.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed Qualcomm's request for a stay of the ban, saying that it can't consider a stay until a presidential review period is over. U.S. President George Bush has 60 days following the U.S. International Trade Commission's decision from June 7 to overturn the ban.

If the President doesn't veto the ITC decision, Qualcomm will again file an appeal with the court, said Emily Gin Kilpatrick, a spokeswoman for Qualcomm.

This is the second request for a stay that Qualcomm has lost. In late June, just weeks after the ban was issued, the ITC denied Qualcomm's request for a stay.

The ITC in early June banned the importation into the U.S. of future versions of Qualcomm chips that infringe on Broadcom Corp. patents. A list of mobile companies joined Qualcomm's request for a stay to the federal court, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Motorola, AT&T Mobility, LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A. and others.

The Friday ruling caps off a difficult week for Qualcomm. On Thursday, Verizon Wireless dropped its participation in efforts to overturn the ITC ruling and announced that it struck a deal that will allow it to continue to import phones with the banned chips by paying Broadcom for each phone. While Qualcomm called the move a positive development, others said the agreement makes it even less likely that the President will overturn the ban because it signals the companies might reach a deal on their own.

Qualcomm also suffered a blow overseas this week, where the European Commission said it might mandate the use of DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld) technology for mobile TV services. DVB-H competes with Qualcomm's MediaFlo technology, which would be forbidden in Europe if the commission were to issue the mandate.

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