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Carol Lam to Replace Top Attorney at Qualcomm

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Qualcomm Inc. said today that its head lawyer resigned after a string a legal setbacks at the world's second-largest chipmaker for cell phones.

Lou Lupin, 52, joined Qualcomm in 1995 and was elevated to general counsel in 2000. He led efforts to build and defend the company's vaunted business of licensing rights to its patented technology to other companies.

Carol Lam, one of eight federal prosecutors fired by the Bush administration this year, was named his interim replacement. Lam, 48, joined Qualcomm in February after five years as the federal government's top prosecutor in San Diego.

A company spokeswoman, Bertha Agia, says Lupin resigned for personal reasons and was unavailable to comment.

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