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Qualcomm awarded $12.4M in attorneys' fees in patent dispute

Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) on Monday announced that a federal judge has ordered Gabriel Technologies Inc. to pay more than $12.4 million in attorneys’ fees for pursuing objectively baseless claims against Qualcomm in bad faith.

The complaint, filed in October 2008, asserted 11 causes of action against Qualcomm, focusing on allegations that Gabriel had ownership rights to numerous Qualcomm patents relating to GPS technologies. Gabriel sought $1 billion in damages.

Several of Gabriel’s claims were dismissed early in the lengthy litigation, and the court recently granted Qualcomm summary judgment on the remaining claims. The court noted that it warned Gabriel early on in the proceedings that the claims lacked merit, but Gabriel pursued the litigation for an extended period of time without being able to remedy basic deficiencies, such as the inability to name alleged inventors to support claims of inventorship or identify trade secrets to support claims of misappropriation.

On Oct. 12, 2012, Qualcomm filed a motion for attorneys’ fees, nearly all of which were awarded.

Qualcomm is represented by the law firm Cooley LLP.

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