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U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects Broadcom’s Bid for Toyota and Renesas Import Ban

U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects Broadcom's Bid for Toyota and Renesas Import Ban

The Broadcom Limited company logo is displayed outside one of their office complexes in Irvine, California, U.S., March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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  • Federal Circuit Upholds International Trade Commission and Patent Board Rulings
  • ITC refused to ban Toyota’s infotainment system based on Broadcom’s claims

(Reuters) – Broadcom Corp on Tuesday lost its combined appeals of U.S. rulings for Toyota Motor Corp, Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp and others it accused of infringing on its computer chip patents.

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed an International Trade Commission ruling that rejected Broadcom’s patent claims against Toyota, Renesas, Panasonic Corp, Denso Corp, Pioneer Corp and others. He also upheld the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings that parts of the patents were invalid.

Broadcom had asked the ITC to ban imports of Toyota vehicles using in-car “infotainment” systems with Renesas chips that allegedly violated patent rights related to Broadcom’s “system-on-chip” technology.

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Broadcom’s 2018 ITC complaint said the Prius, Camry, Highlander and other Toyota models included the counterfeit systems.

The ITC, which protects American companies from unfair international trade, found in 2020 that Broadcom failed to demonstrate that the chips it sought to protect were covered by one of the patents and that the relevant part of another patent at issue was invalid.

Separately, the patent board invalidated the relevant parts of two Broadcom patents based on prior inventions that had already disclosed their innovations.

A three-judge federal circuit panel agreed with both courts on Tuesday, finding that Broadcom’s “system-on-chip” did not include a driver described in its patent and upholding the board’s invalidity rulings.

The companies and their attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Broadcom also sued Toyota, Renesas and others for patent infringement in Texas, in a case that was stayed for the ITC proceeding.

The cases are Broadcom Corp v. International Trade Comm’n, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 20-2008; Renesas Electronics Corp v. Broadcom Corp, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Nos. 21-1260 and 21-1362; and Broadcom Corp v. Renesas Electronics Corp, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 21-1511.

For Broadcom: Brian Johnson of Steptoe & Johnson

For Renesas: Brian Matsui and Seth Lloyd of Morrison & Foerster

For Toyota, Panasonic and Denso: Aaron Fountain, formerly of DLA Piper

For Pioneer: Lora Brzezynski of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

Read more:

US ITC says investigating Toyota and others in patent infringement case

Broadcom lawsuit accuses Toyota of infringing infotainment system patents

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