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Apple, Qualcomm battle over ban on some US iPhone imports

WASHINGTON: The staff of the US International Trade Commission on Friday recommended that a trade judge find that Apple Inc infringed at least one of Qualcomm Inc’s patents, a move that could lead to blocking the import of some iPhones.
The San Diego chipmaker filed a complaint against Apple nearly a year ago, asking the commission to ban the import of iPhones containing rival chipmaker Intel Corp’s so-called modem chips, which help mobile phones connect to wireless data networks.
At a trial in Washington, the ITC staff said Apple violated one of Qualcomm’s patents around battery-saving technology.
The ITC staff acts as a third party in such trade cases. The staff lawyers’ opinions are not binding, but judges often follow them.
In previous filings in the ITC case, Apple has argued that Qualcomm’s patents are invalid and that, regardless, the judge should not ban Intel-based iPhones because it would give Qualcomm a monopoly on modems in the United States and drive Intel out of the modem business.
“Qualcomm is selectively asserting its patents to target only Apple products containing Intel chipsets — even though its patent infringement allegations would apply equally to Apple products containing Qualcomm chipsets — in an attempt to use the ITC as another mechanism for perpetuating its ill-gotten monopoly position,” Apple said in a statement.— Reuters