US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion prob­ing Qual­comm iPhone com­plaint

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

San Francisco, US - The US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion (ITC) on Tues­day said it will look into Qual­comm’s com­plaint that Ap­ple is vi­o­lat­ing its patents in some iPhones.

The step, ar­guably pro­ce­dural, means that the com­mis­sion will as­sign Qual­comm’s com­plaint to an ad­min­is­tra­tive law judge for ev­i­den­tiary hear­ings in­stead of dis­miss­ing it out of hand.

Qual­comm last month es­ca­lated a le­gal bat­tle with Ap­ple, fil­ing a patent in­fringe­ment law­suit and re­quest­ing a ban on the im­por­ta­tion of some iPhones, claim­ing un­law­ful and un­fair use of the chip­maker’s tech­nol­ogy.

Qual­comm asked for an im­port ban on some iPhones with the US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion, a quasi-ju­di­cial gov­ern­ment agency.

“Qual­comm is pleased with the ITC’s de­ci­sion to in­ves­ti­gate Ap­ple’s un­fair trade prac­tices and the unau­tho­rised im­por­ta­tion of prod­ucts us­ing Qual­comm’s patents,” ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral coun­sel Don Rosen­berg said in a re­lease.

The prod­ucts at is­sue in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion are mo­bile de­vices such as the iPhone 7 and spe­cific com­po­nents in­clud­ing base­band pro­ces­sor modems, ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion. The com­plaint al­leges that iPhones, which are made in China, should not be al­lowed to be brought into the United States if they in­fringe on Qual­comm’s patents.

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