The US Commercial Court refusal on Friday to import iPhones Apple Inc. with chips from Intel Corp. to block a big defeat against Qualcomm Inc. in its lawsuit against the iPhone maker.
A US judge The International Trade Commission said Apple phones violated a Qualcomm patent for energy management technology, but rejected the chip maker’s request to import an import ban for certain iPhones in the United States.
Thomas Pender, a judge of ITC administrative law, said that “public interest factors” meant that Qualcomm’s application for a ban was approved.
The decision will be examined by other judges. Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of mobile phone chips, filed another patent lawsuit against Apple before CTI.
Apple said in a statement that Qualcomm had wrongly claimed royalties for the technology, it had nothing to do with it.
“We are pleased that the ITC has stopped Qualcomm’s attempt to harm the competition and ultimately American innovators and consumers,” said Apple.
In a statement, Qualcomm’s General Counsel, Don Rosenberg, said the company was convinced that the judge had found a patent infringement, but “there is no point in continuing to allow the infringement by refusing a ban. Import.
“This contradicts ITC’s mandate to protect innovators in the US by blocking the import of counterfeit goods,” Rosenberg said. “There are many ways that Apple will stop violating our technology without harming the public interest.”
Apple and Qualcomm are involved in a lawsuit in which Apple has accused Qualcomm of having issued unfair patent licenses. Qualcomm, in turn, has accused Apple of a patent infringement.
Qualcomm, a San Diego, California-based company, filed a lawsuit against Apple in July 2017 alleging that Intel’s iPhones violated six patents that describe technology that allows smartphones to work without them. To discharge the battery.
Qualcomm did not claim that Intel chips violated its patents, but said that Apple implemented them in the iPhone.
ITC is a popular place for patent litigation, as it deals with deals very quickly and can block a counterfeit product in the US market more easily than federal courts.
Qualcomm dropped three of the six patents before embarking on a trial begun in June.
In his ruling on Friday, Pender said Apple violated only one of the three patents pending.