Qualcomm should not win an import ban for iPhone, according to ITC judge

The iPhone will not be subject to an import ban for the United States, a judge for the US Internatial Trade Commissi to take over the patent row between Apple and Qualcomm, despite the fact that Apple is likely to have e of the three Qualcomm patents in the middle of the case has been infringed.

In a first judgment that actually applies largely to Apple, ITC Judge Thomas Pender ruled that banning the import of iPhones into the United States would be against the public interest, Bloomberg reports. The full details of the jurors' findings are not yet available, but will be published as so as both companies have published cfidential information that they do not want to disclose.

Although an import ban is not the shelf, the judge does not yet exclude all further actis, because the judge has stated that Apple has violated e of the three Qualcomm patents.

The decisi effectively prevents Qualcomm from putting Apple under pressure, which could have forced Apple to pay licensing fees, if ly to ctinue selling its devices the big market.

Qualcomm claimed that Apple last year infringed its patents regarding carrier aggregati, graphics processing and signal lificati in a complaint that was presented to the ITC. In June, csumers battled against the prospect of the ban by submitting a moti to the ITC against Qualcomm, suggesting a ban anti-competitive behavior.

This is not the ly ITC activity between the two companies, with a secd complaint from Qualcomm that also comes through similar claims by the Commissi. In that case, Qualcomm received an early blow, in which the agency's staff recommended that ne of the remaining patents in a suit be violated by Apple and that an import ban would have a detrimental effect the cellular modem market in the United States.

The ITC complaints are part of a lg series of actis in the legal tensis between the two companies.

Apple threw the first ste in the legal scrum at the beginning of last year in a lawsuit claiming that Qualcomm is abusing its "mopolistic power" with regard to the wireless modem industry to demand excessive royalties. That lawsuit claims that Qualcomm withheld nearly $ 1 billi in promised discounts as a retaliati for Apple's participati in antitrust investigatis in South Korea.

Qualcomm moved three mths later and has since filed several claims against Apple, including two complaints at the ITC and lawsuits in China. Apple has also submitted Chinese promotis.

Qualcomm is committed to banning iPhone models powered by Intel baseband chips, which, if implemented, would ly sell those models with Qualcomm chips. No iPhone XS line has a Qualcomm modem.

© Appleinsider

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