This is yet one more skirmish in an ongoing war. While it's a significant step, the war ain't over.
The ALJ's recommendation still must be approved by the ITC, and that process can stall or be blocked in a number of ways.
As the article (and other articles) say, an exclusion order isn't likely before the end of the year.
If granted, an exclusion order is very broad in its scope, potentially excluding from entry into the U.S. the named devices and any products containing them.
Substantial leverage for extracting settlement!
Time for the lawyers to get rich again. Seriously though, there are a limited number of GPS chipset manufacturer's (good one - plenty of rubbish ones), so if SiRF looses at this ... we could be in a bit of a pickle.
Updating this thread...
The original Broadcom - SiRF action started in April 2007.
ITC decision for Broadcom in August 2009 that some of the SiRF chips infringed 2 Broadcom patents.
Nobody likes the original decision, surprise!
January 2009 the ITC after hearings enters a preliminary exclusion order against some SiRF chips saying they're covered by two of the Broadcom patents.
SiRF doesn't like this, and appeals to the courts, in this case, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
The hearing before the CAFC was supposedly held in early November 2009.
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