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.

Qualcomm says Apple gave its trade secrets to Intel

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The most high-stakes legal battle in tech just got even juicer. In court documents, Qualcomm says new evidence shows Apple made improper use of its modem technology to help Qualcomm rival Intel develop a more competitive alternative.

Why it matters: Apple and Qualcomm were already locked in a bitter, global court battle. Both companies are behemoths used to getting their way in business dealings — and their face-off has been epic.