An administrative law judge for The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that broadband chip maker Broadcom infringed on two intellectual property patents held by Intel, an Intel spokesman said Friday.
Now that a preliminary ruling has been issued, the commission has 90 days to approve the ruling, which would result in Broadcom being prevented from importing to the US any products or components that make use of the patents, said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.
Broadcom did not return a call seeking comment.
Intel filed its complaint with the ITC in August of last year, alleging that products sold by Altima Communications violated certain Intel patents used in some integrated repeaters, switches, transceivers, and other products. Broadcom later acquired Altima, closing the deal in September.
If the ITC approves the ruling, it will "ban the import of these components either separately or as assembled products," Mulloy said. The patents cover fundamental chip technologies and are used in a variety of components, from chip sets to assembled communications products, he said.