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Volkswagen strikes deal with Broadcom to end patent lawsuit - source

Volkswagen strikes deal with Broadcom to end patent lawsuit - source
FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen logos are pictured during the media day of the Salao do Automovel International Auto Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo   -   Copyright  Paulo Whitaker(Reuters)
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen <VOWG.DE> has struck a deal with U.S. semiconductor maker Broadcom <AVGO.O>, ending a billion-dollar patent lawsuit that pitted the carmaker against its supplier, a source close to Volkswagen told Reuters on Wednesday.

The companies signed an out-of-court settlement, the source said, adding that a court hearing scheduled for Friday had now been cancelled. Volkswagen declined to comment.

Broadcom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Der Spiegel news magazine reported in early November that California-based Broadcom had made a patent claim for more than $1 billion (782.53 million pounds) against Volkswagen and threatened to seek a judicial ban on the production of several car models.

Bloomberg first reported about the case on Wednesday.

Patent claims brought against manufacturers by supplier firms, often seeking large compensation amounts, are increasingly frequent as the industry’s digital transformation advances.

(Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Writing by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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