In its latest filing the US International Trade Commission (ITC) said that Apple might have infringed a Qualcomm patent but it doesn't qualify for a ban on the sale of iPhones.
The Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender said that Apple did infringe one patent related to power management, but not on two other patents, Cnet reported.
The case will now go next to the full ITC commission. Apple and Qualcomm have been embroiled in the patent battle since 2017 when Apple filed a lawsuit of about USD 1 billion over unfair licensing by Qualcomm for its technology.
The chipmaker, on the other hand, has argued that Apple has been infringing on its technology and that it will continue to fight over 40 such cases against the iPhone maker.