Qualcomm loses first ITC case against Apple, recent San Diego infringement verdict loses credibility

Earlier today, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC) issued a preliminary ruling in Qualcomm's favor with respect to one of the three remaining patents-in-suit (out of five originally asserted patents) in the investigation of Qualcomm's second ITC complaint against Apple. But that finding is still subject to review.A final (apart from a possible appeal) Commission decision just came down at 5 PM Eastern Time in the investigation of Qualcomm's first ITC complaint against Apple. A different ALJ, Thomas B. Pender, had identified a violation of one patent (out of six patents originally asserted in that case), but recommended that, even if this finding had been affirmed, no import ban should have issued in light of Qualcomm's anticompetitive intentions (as the complaint targets only Intel-powered iPhones). The final ruling (PDF), however, is that there is no violation.Apple's petition…

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