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While Qualcomm has racked up several legal victories against Nokia in their long-running patent disputes, it hasn’t had the same fortune in its legal battles with wireless chip rival Broadcom.

In the latest in a string of Broadcom court victories, on Friday federal judge James Selna let stand a jury verdict that Qualcomm infringes three Broadcom patents and owes the company $19.6 million. Broadcom says it will seek to stop Qualcomm from making chips that infringe on the patents.

But it’s an earlier ruling in a different Broadcom-Qualcomm case that has raised the most eyebrows. In that case, the Aug. 6 findings of Rudi Brewster, a U.S. senior district court judge, packed some high drama. It also lent credence to claims by many Qualcomm rivals — in complaints registered with the European Commission and the International Trade Commission — that Qualcomm is discriminatory in its business practices,  deceitful, evasive and unfair. Read more

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