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Apple may have to stop selling some iPhone models in the US if a judgment that found it had infringed on two patents owned by multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm is enforced.

The recommendation to ban some iPhone models which contain modems from Qualcomm rival Intel came from Administrative Judge MaryJoan McNamara of the US International Trade Commission, The Verge  reported.

The judge's order did not make it clear as to which iPhone models would be affected.

The judgment has to be reviewed by the ITC. A second case brought by Qualcomm is likely to be decided on Wednesday US time but that will not result in any ban on sales.

“We are pleased that... ITC Judge McNamara found that Apple-designed processors infringe our ‘674 patent and will be recommending an import ban and cease and desist order to the Commission,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice -president and general counsel of Qualcomm.

“The innovations we contribute to the iPhone extend well beyond a single component and Judge McNamara’s decision, along with recent infringement rulings in other US and foreign courts, affirm the value of our technologies.”

Last week, Qualcomm was awarded US$31 million in damages for the infringement of three of its patents by Apple, from 6 July 2017 till the end of the trial on 15 March.

The verdict, by a jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, found that the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X infringed two patents, and the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X infringe a third.

The three patents in question cover technologies that were invented by Qualcomm in San Diego, a statement from the company said at the time.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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