U.S. International Trade Commission Declines to Block iPhone Imports in Ongoing Apple v. Qualcomm Case

The United States International Trade Commission will not be blocking imports of the iPhone in the ongoing Apple v. Qualcomm case, reports Reuters.

Qualcomm had asked the ITC to ban imports of the AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models that use chips from Intel, citing multiple patent violations.


Qualcomm did not ask for a ban on iPhones that use Qualcomm LTE chips, with the reasoning that a more limited exclusion order was more likely to be granted.

An ITC judge said on Friday that while Apple's iPhones infringe on a patent related to power management technology, a ban will not be put in place. The judge cited "public interest factors" as one of the reasons why the court ruled against Qualcomm.

Neither Apple nor Qualcomm have commented on the decision as of yet, but it marks a major victory for Apple in its months-long legal battle with Qualcomm.

The two companies have been embroiled in an increasingly tense legal feud that kicked off in January 2017. Qualcomm and Apple have filed several more than a dozen lawsuits against one another since then.

Apple has accused Qualcomm of charging unfair royalties for "technologies they have nothing to do with," while Qualcomm claims that its inventions form the "very core" of modern mobile communication.

Earlier this week, Qualcomm further escalated the dispute by accusing Apple of providing confidential trade information and trade secrets stolen from Qualcomm to Intel.

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16 months ago
I can't help but think of that terrible Batman v Superman film whenever I see the names of court cases anymore.



Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago
Sorry Qualcomm. Apple is now a big part of the US economy. As far as a single company is concerned anyway. Their sales and profit volume are too important. It would take a lot more than a simple patent dispute to convince the government to stop imports. Their net income is double your net sales. With Apple switching to Intel for their modems. Your net sales are going way down.

Even if Apple loses and has to pay. It will be many years from now. The victory will be a pyrrhic victory.
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago

The judge cited "public interest factors" as one of the reasons why the court ruled against Qualcomm.


Aka the iPhone is too popular to block so we won't be doing that.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
Common sense prevailed.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago

‘Public interest factors’.. or in other words a US company in the US, [...]

Qualcomm is an US company, too. But probably not as popular as Apple. :)
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
Don’t forget this is the same Qualcomm that got fined for gross corruption and antitrust violations.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
Macrumors, can we get a blog explaining in detail the patents at question here and the history of the technology? I feel like I keep reading that same “technologies they have nothing to do with” sentence and have no idea if that’s actually the case.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

Aka the iPhone is too popular to block so we won't be doing that.


Not just that, the case is still ongoing. Why shouldn't Apple be able to continue to sell their product until the case is decided?

Once that happens, the court can award damages if there are any, etc. But while the case is ongoing, blocking imports is ludicrous.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
I thought it said "decides" I was like WOAH!!! But then I realized it was declined. It was pretty bogus and Qualcomm being desperate in my opinion. They better step their game up big time because Apple is entering into their competitors businesses (SoC, displays...) Qualcomm knows they're not safe!
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
Qualcomm tells the government it should stop printing money.. rrrriiight..
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