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Apple and Qualcomm each get a win in federal patent rulings

A U.S. administrative-law judge believes that Apple Inc. infringed a Qualcomm Inc. patent and that certain iPhone models should be banned from entering the U.S., according to a ruling issued Tuesday, but a final ruling from the International Trade Commission in a separate case went Apple’s way.

Judge MaryJoan McNamara said in a notice of initial determination Tuesday that Apple AAPL, -1.03% infringed on a single aspect of one of three patents involved in the dispute, one of two that Apple and Qualcomm QCOM, +2.40% have in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission. McNamara suggested a “limited exclusion order together with a cease and desist order,” which would place an import ban on certain iPhones, mostly older models.

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