The Qualcomm booth at the CES show in Las Vegas earlier this month. Courtesy Qualcomm

A federal administration law judge said Friday that Apple infringed on a Qualcomm patent, but declined to halt the importing of iPhones assembled in China.

The ruling came in San Diego-based Qualcomm’s 2017 petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission in its long-running legal battle with Apple over royalty payments.

Judge Thomas Pender agreed that Apple infringed on one Qualcomm patent related to power management, but said it didn’t infringe two other patents.

“It is my recommendation that the statutory public interest factors weigh against issuing a limited exclusion order as to the products found to infringe the patents asserted in this investigation,” Pender wrote.

The case now goes to the full ITC commission, and President Donald Trump could eventually weigh in.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.