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Qualcomm wins a round in dispute with Apple

iPhone 6 viewed from the front edge
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A federal trade judge has determined that Apple infringed on a Qualcomm patent and therefore some older iPhone models should be banned from U.S. import, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: This is another round in a broad legal dispute that spans cases in multiple venues in countries across the globe. The threat of an import ban — which the full U.S. International Trade Commission would have to approve — is more likely to make a difference to Apple than any potential fine.