Apple’s iPhone could still face import ban according to ITC

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Qualcomm and Apple are in the middle of a lawsuit and China recently voted in Qualcomm’s favor although Apple are appealing.

Not it would appear that Apple may still face an import ban according to the ITC who are apparently reviewing a previous ruling.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said on Wednesday it would review a ruling that a ban on imports of some iPhones into the United States was not in the public interest, even if Apple infringed a Qualcomm patent […]

Administrative law judge Thomas Pender, a now-retired member of the ITC tribunal that hears patent infringement cases, ruled in September that Apple infringed one of the patents, but cleared the company of infringing the other two.

Pender recommended the agency not grant Qualcomm the relief the San Diego, California-based chipmaker had sought, saying it was not in the U.S. interest.

The ITC said on Wednesday it would review whether the one patent was indeed infringed and also whether it was right to not grant Qualcomm relief. Pender’s decision on the other two patents would not be reviewed, it said.

If the ITC does rule in favor of Qualcomm then this could be a big problem for Apple, it will be interesting to see what happens.

Source Reuters, 9 to 5 Mac

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