Verizon Communications Inc--Form 8-K



Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report: July 19, 2007

(Date of earliest event reported)



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware   1-8606   23-2259884

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


140 West Street

New York, New York

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 395-1000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 8.01. Other Events.

On July 19, 2007, Verizon Wireless and Broadcom Corporation entered into a license agreement that permits the continued importation and sale by Verizon Wireless of mobile devices that are the subject of the current patent infringement cases between Broadcom and Qualcomm Incorporated before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and in federal court.

The agreement allows Verizon Wireless to sell new handsets and other wireless devices that were banned by the ITC’s June 7, 2007 exclusion order. Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will make payments to Broadcom at a rate of $6.00 for each 1xEV-DO handset, PDA, data card, or other wireless device sold on or after July 19, 2007, subject to a maximum payment of $40 million per calendar quarter and a lifetime maximum payment of $200 million. The agreement provides Verizon a perpetual license to the six Broadcom patents currently being litigated between Broadcom and Qualcomm subject to making the maximum payment and other terms of the agreement. Given the limits of the payments under the agreement, Verizon does not expect that there will be a material effect on Verizon Wireless’s annual results.

As a result of the agreement, Verizon Wireless has ceased its efforts to overturn the ITC’s order.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


    Verizon Communications Inc.

Date: July 24, 2007


/s/ Marianne Drost

    Marianne Drost
    Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary