Apple is very close of getting a court decision that might lead to the iPhone being banned in the United States. A judge made the ruling and it will be applied after an analysis.
Apple has some reasons to worry today because a judge ruled that the iPhone smartphone is in breach of Qualcomm’s patents. Qualcomm asked the court to remove some iPhone models from the market because they are breaching its patents and the judge, at least for now, issued a ruling favorable to Qualcomm.
The iPhone smartphones that are the subject to the ruling are iPhone models released before last year’s models. The judge ruled that Apple is no longer allowed to import these iPhone models in the United States and considering that the iPhone is not being built in the U.S., Apple might risk not having phones on the market to sell.
The ruling is not going to be applied right away because, apparently, it needs further analysis. Apple has already some iPhone models banned in Germany also because of lawsuits filed by Qualcomm and now this might also happen in the United States.
Apple Inc. infringes a Qualcomm Inc. patent and some imported iPhones should be blocked from the U.S. as a result, a U.S. trade judge said in one of two cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission. ITC Judge MaryJoan McNamara said she would be recommending an import ban on iPhones, which are made in China, according to a notice posted on the Washington agency’s electronic docket. The judge’s findings are subject to review by the full commission, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents.
Some iPhone models are infringing on three Qualcomm patents which are currently under review to see if they were granted legally or not. At this time nobody knows when the final decision will be made or which of the iPhone smartphones released before 2018 might be affected by this ruling, but this is a very big problem for Apple.