A U.S. International Trade Commission judge turned down Qualcomm Inc.’s request to ban iPhone imports, but said Apple Inc.’s devices violated one of Qualcomm’s patents.
Judge Thomas Pender issued his final determination on Sept. 28, stating that banning the import of iPhones would be against the public interest. His decision will be reviewed by the full ITC commission.
San Diego-based Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) filed the lawsuit against Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) in July 2017, alleging that Apple had violated three of its patents. The company also filed a similar lawsuit in federal court in San Diego.
Apple has also filed numerous patent suits against Qualcomm, and is seeking another $1 billion for the company allegedly charging unfair royalties.