Court Awards Qualcomm $12.4 Million in Attorneys' Fees Against Gabriel
- U.S. District Judge Finds that Gabriel's Claims Lacked Merit and were Filed
in Bad Faith-
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)
today announced that a United States District Judge has ordered Gabriel
Technologies Incorporated to pay more than US $12,400,000 in attorneys' fees
for pursuing objectively baseless claims against Qualcomm in bad faith.
The complaint, filed in October 2008, asserted eleven causes of action against
Qualcomm and focused on allegations that Gabriel had ownership rights to
numerous Qualcomm patents relating to GPS technologies; Gabriel sought one
billion dollars 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 in its Order 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 October 12, 2012, Qualcomm filed a motion for attorneys'
fees, nearly all of which were awarded.
"We are very pleased that the Court has ordered Gabriel to reimburse
Qualcomm's legal fees," said Alex Rogers, senior vice president and legal
counsel for Qualcomm. "When Gabriel threatened to bringthis action years ago,
we responded that their claims were meritless and, if necessary, we would
prove it in court.As the Court's order demonstrates, Gabriel's allegations
were entirely unfounded and the fee award fully validates our position."
Qualcomm is represented by Cooley LLP. The case is Gabriel Technologies
Incorporated and Trace Technologies v. Qualcomm Incorporated, Snaptrack Inc.,
and Norman Krasner, case number 08cv1992 AJB, in the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of California.
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