Apple Might Face Import Ban After Patent Breach Verdict

An International trade commission judge said that, Apple would face a potential import ban on some of its iPhones, because of the ruling that the judge gave, which stated that, Apple has breached on some Qualcomm patents.

Judge Mary Joan McNamara’s decision is the latest in the swing of unfavorable decisions against Apple in an extensive and international legal clash between the two technology giants. San Diego-based Qualcomm makes chips and other components in the iPhone and other smart phones, and Apple has reportedly stopped paying licensing fees to Qualcomm via its contract producers because it claimed that, Qualcomm was charging royalties for technology it didn’t actually invent.

Qualcomm vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said that, they appreciate Judge McNamara’s recognition of Apple’s infringement of their hardware patent and also insisted on import ban and cease and discontinue the orders from them (Apple).

McNamara would officially rule on the case within the next two weeks and eventually it will be reviewed by the full panel of ITC in July. Following that, there is a 60-day presidential review period. Any import ban would probably take place in the fall.

Qualcomm suspected that Apple is violating six patents that have something to do with the extending battery life. Momentously, unlike the other patents at dispute in the companies’ patent quarrel, it says that none are “essential to a standard,” and that Qualcomm isn’t required by law to license them.

In another filing, Apple asked the court to dismiss numerous of Qualcomm’s counterclaims, including one that blamed Apple of making bogus statements about the quality of chips made by its challenger, Intel. They also denied Qualcomm’s charges that they have been pushing for regulatory investigations and interfering with Qualcomm’s contracts with other manufacturers.

Despite the ongoing legal battles, Apple is still using Qualcomm’s modems in its hardware. However, the company has also partnered with Intel in an effort to reduce their dependence on the chipmaker.

The ITC ruled Tuesday on another Qualcomm copyright, this time in favor of Apple and invalidated Qualcomm’s patent.

Apple and Qualcomm are engaged in what has been a long and epic legal battle. Apple has reported against Qualcomm’s legal right to charge royalties for use of its tech, while Qualcomm has upheld its requirement that Apple pays a percentage of the iPhone’s revenue in return for the use of Qualcomm patents. As a result of which, lawsuits from both sides were filed in multiple countries.

In United States, Apple has sued Qualcomm for an immense $1 billion and adding up to it, Apple also sued the company in China for $145 million. Qualcomm has followed with their countersuits in Germany and China.

Apple sued Qualcomm in January 2017 in federal court. Qualcomm, in turn, countersued in Germany, China and the U.S. and has racked up some legal victories against the iPhone maker.

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