SAN DIEGO — San Diego-based chip maker Qualcomm announced Monday that a federal judge ordered Gabriel Technologies Inc. to pay more than $12.4 million in attorneys’ fees for pursuing baseless claims against Qualcomm in bad faith.
The complaint, filed in October 2008, focused on allegations that Gabriel had ownership rights to numerous Qualcomm patents relating to GPS technologies for which Gabriel sought $1 billion in damages.
Several of Gabriel’s claims were dismissed early in the litigation, and U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia recently granted Qualcomm’s summary judgment on the remaining claims.
The court noted in its order that it warned Gabriel early 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.
A person who answered the phone at San Francisco-based Gabriel Technologies said it was not making any comments on the judge’s order.