Just over a month ago we reported that the International Trade Commission wants to ban 3G chips from being imported into the US because they violated Broadcom patents (Story here). I know a guy who works for Broadcom, and he seems nice enough, but I'm starting to feel like maybe I should punch him in the neck (plus, they're in cahoots with that other popular phone (opens in new tab)).
In any case, CTIA (they of the superfun wireless conventions) is asking the President to veto the ban because, if it's allowed to stand, they think it will cause $21.1 billion (with a "B") in economic damage. This PDF link (opens in new tab) provides all the details about how the sky will fall if this isn't stopped. The
Spice 3G Must Flow (opens in new tab). You go get 'em, CTIA!
I don't get it. Is this just a way to get international control of the rights on those patents and the money they produce?
For all our sakes I hope that the three noble houses (the consumers, the producers, and The house of Arteides) can get this resloved.
ITC has a little bit of a Spacing Guild feel to it. Hmmmm.....
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