Chipmaker Qualcomm was dealt another blow in its
But Qualcomm says it's not giving up. The company still maintains that Broadcom's patents are not valid. Qualcomm also said it isthat will provide a work-around to the patents.
And it said it's still working on an appeal and stay request with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Last month, the appeals court said it didn't have jurisdiction in the case.
The ban would be particularly tough for all the major cell phone operators, which during the past several years have spent billions of dollars deploying their 3G networks. Public safety officials have also said that a ban on these new cell phones would hamper efforts to enhance 911 capabilities.
Another telephony player hit hard by patent problems is Net phone provider Vonage, which has been mired in a nasty patent battle with Verizon Communications and appears to be teetering on disaster as it
Vonage's legal troubles have no doubt scared off customers. During the quarter, Vonage added only 57,000 new customers. This is down dramatically from the 166,000 new customers it added in the first quarter.
What's more, Vonage, which had aggressively marketed its service by splashing banner ads all over the Internet and flooding television airwaves with commercials, has pared back its advertising budget to reduce costs. For the second quarter the company spent just $68 million on marketing, down from $91 million in the first quarter.
While many CNET News.com readers complained about Vonage's voice quality and customer service, a few readers praised the Internet phone service.
"Vonage has done a lot to spread the word about VoIP, offers some solid service and deserves a chance to grow," . "I never invested in Vonage and am only a customer, but would miss the service if it were forced to close."
Apple's summer harvest
Apple introduced two new iMacs and unveiled updated software for home Mac users. The are the latest editions of Apple's all-in-one iMac design. They are made from aluminum and glass, and come with a new keyboard. Both the new keyboard and the iMac itself are thinner than the previous edition. Click here for a full review of the new 20-inch iMac.