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Qualcomm's Efforts to Ban iPhone Imports Gets Underway

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Sep 18, 2018, 7:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A new trial between Qualcomm and Apple has begun at the U.S. International Trade Commission this week. In this case, Qualcomm is seeking to ban the import of Apple iPhones over patent violations. Qualcomm alleges that the iPhone's Intel-based modem violates two of its patents, and Apple's method for putting iPhones to sleep violates a third. Apple and Qualcomm are at war. Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair licensing practices, while Qualcomm has targeted Apple for patent violations. In a separate case, an administrative law judge at the FTC found Apple to be violating a Qualcomm patent and called for a ban. The full ITC panel is evaluating that early decision and will make a final ruling next month. Import bans are rare and Apple would be able to appeal the decision. As Reuters points out, Qualcomm is suing Apple in civil court over the same patents in this newer case. The ITC case is seen as a litmus test for the strength of those patents. A win at the ITC would bolster Qualcomm's civil case against Apple.

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