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Apple Handed Mixed Rulings in Bids to Ax Qualcomm Patents (1)

Jan. 3, 2020, 3:29 PMUpdated: Jan. 3, 2020, 10:23 PM

Apple Inc. won an administrative bid to invalidate much of a tech patent that Qualcomm Inc. accused it of infringing with iPhone 7 models.

But Apple wasn’t able to convince a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal to knock out claims in another Qualcomm patent—part of the companies’ longtime global intellectual property battle.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which oversees challenges to patent validity, Jan. 3 said Apple proved that claims in Qualcomm’s U.S. Patent No. 8,063,674 were obvious in light of prior art.

Qualcomm had sued Apple for infringement in 2017, alleging technology in the iPhone 7 and...

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