Judge rules Apple violated Qualcomm patent, but won't have imports blocked
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A judge found that Apple violated a single Qualcomm patent by producing iPhones with Intel Corp. chips, but refused to place a ban on some phone imports into the United States, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: Qualcomm initially accused Apple of violating six patents and requested a ban on imports in a lawsuit filed against the company. But a judge found that "public interest factors" weighed heavily against the request. The fight isn't over — Qualcomm has another pending patent case against Apple coming soon.