Apple-Qualcomm Tiff Could Spur iPhone Import Ban
According to a U.S. trade judge, the Cupertino-based tech giant infringed on Qualcomm patents relating to power management and data downloads, leading her to recommend blocking the import of some iPhone models with Intel chips. It’s the latest blow in an ongoing legal battle between the companies as Qualcomm claims it’s owed unpaid royalties, while Apple accuses the chipmaker of anti-competitive licensing strategies.
What happens next? The judge’s recommendation must be reviewed by the International Trade Commission — which rejected another Qualcomm case against Apple earlier this week — while the two sides await a larger trial next month.