San Diego – Qualcomm is scheduled to appear at a Markman hearing as a defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by ParkerVision, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of semiconductor technology solutions for wireless applications.
The Markman hearing, which is also known as a patent claim construction hearing, is scheduled for August 10, 2012. At the hearing, the judge will be asked to issued rulings regarding the language and interpretation of the ParkerVision patents that were allegedly infringed by Qualcomm. In patent infringement cases, Markman hearings are considered a critical event and in this case will define the patent rights for the technologies that ParkerVision has developed and has exclusive rights to.
The judge’s rulings in the upcoming Markman hearings will influence and shape many aspects of the litigation. The jury trial for this patent infringement case is scheduled to begin in August, 2013.
“We are passionate about the technology that ParkerVision has developed, and we are committed to protecting our patented innovations from unauthorized use,” stated ParkerVision Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey L. Parker. “We look forward to showing the court and jury how Qualcomm is using ParkerVision’s technology despite the legal patent protections that we have expended a great deal of time and capital to secure. This firm timeline means that we will soon get our day in court.”
Other recent developments in the lawsuit include the court’s dismissal of Qualcomm’s motion for injunctive relief. The court instead approved a protective order which both parties negotiated and agreed on. The protective order will allow ParkerVision’s patent prosecution counsel to continue delivering legal advice and services to ParkerVision as long as they do not represent the company in the lawsuit or advise it regarding Qualcomm’s alleged infringement.
These recent developments are a result of ParkerVision’s July 2011 patent infringement complaint against Qualcomm on the grounds that Qualcomm’s past and current chipset products infringe several ParkerVision patents related to radio-frequency receivers and the down-conversion of electromagnetic signals.
ParkerVision is reportedly seeking both monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction banning the production and sales of the Qualcomm infringing products.