U.S. ITC Judge Says Apple Infringed on Qualcomm Patent, Import Ban Recommended
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge today ruled that Apple has infringed on a Qualcomm patent with its iPhones, and has recommended that a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order be issued against Apple.
According to the ruling, Apple violated claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 8,063,674
, "multiple supply-voltage power-up/down detectors." Apple did not violate two other patents that were involved in the case, with the infringement limited to the '674 patent.
The judge has recommended an import ban on infringing iPhones, which would prevent them from being sold in the United States.
points out, this is not a final ruling, and will need to be approved by a panel of judges before it moves on to presidential review.
This is one of two patent infringement rulings expected from the ITC in the ongoing Qualcomm vs. Apple legal battle. Back in September, an initial ruling in a second case
also found that Apple infringed on a Qualcomm patent related to power management technology.
The judge in that case recommended against an import ban because of "public interest factors."
Qualcomm wants the ITC
to ban imports
of AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7
, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8
, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
models that use chips from Intel.
Qualcomm and Apple have been fighting in courts all over the world, and Qualcomm has successfully won import bans in China and Germany, which Apple has since skirted with software and hardware updates.
In the U.S., a jury recently found Apple guilty
of infringing on three of Qualcomm's patents, recommending a fine of approximately $31 million in damages. Apple is appealing that ruling and the fight between the two companies is far from over.
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