Qualcomm lawyer makes quick exit

Qualcomm’s most senior legal advisor stepped down, just days after the US chip shop suffered a staggering defeat over its patent dispute case with rival Broadcom.

Lou Lupin resigned his position as executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm on Monday.

Less than a week before, the Bush administration let stand the US International Trade Commission (ITC) order barring the importation of Qualcomm chips and phones containing those chips that infringe a Broadcom patent.

The ITC had ruled on the ban in June, after finding that Qualcomm’s cellular baseband chips infringe five claims of one of Broadcom’s US patents. But the order had been subject to a 60-day presidential review period.

Carol Lam, senior vice president and legal counsel, will serve as acting general counsel of Qualcomm while a search is conducted for a new general counsel, the company said.

Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, said Lupin “Played a major role in the formation of Qualcomm’s successful technology licensing program and negotiation of key licensing agreements.”

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