A San Diego district court judge has dismissed Broadcom’s most recent patent complaint against wireless chipset rival Qualcomm, ruling that Broadcom failed to name at least one specific Qualcomm patent to support its claims against Qualcomm’s patent licensing policy. The decision, handed down Tuesday, is the latest development in a long line of U.S. and international legal disputes that have pitted the companies against each other on competitive and patent issues. In 2007, Broadcom’s patent battle against Qualcomm reached its high mark with the decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the importation of foreign-made handsets, PDAs and other wireless devices that contain infringing Qualcomm chipsets. (That decision, however, was overturned by the Federal Circuit appeals court last fall.) In the lawsuit dismissed this week, Broadcom argued that Qualcomm’s patent licensing terms that require other chip-makers to sell their products to wireless handset makers that are also licensed by Qualcomm are anticompetitive and violate the legal doctrine of patent exhaustion. Broadcom maintained that Qualcomm could not charge separate licensing fees to handset makers and to Broadcom for using Qualcomm technology in chip clusters that are sold by Broadcom to the handset producers in question. Concluding, however, that “Broadcom does not identify with any specificity the patent which it requests that the court declare exhausted,” District Court Judge William Hayes granted Qualcomm’s motion for dismissal. A Broadcom spokesman said, “we intend to address the court’s comments and refile.”