Qualcomm’s fight against its US chip ban takes a hit, as the Bush administration sticks by the ITC’s decision. Earlier, Qualcomm was really hoping that federal intervention could get them back in the saddle, but it looks like they’ll have to find another way around the issue. The ban is on select power management chips, so they can still do business in the US (heck, they’re the number one chip maker), but this is still a serious blow. While more appeals are likely to follow, sooner or later Qualcomm will run out of authorities to turn to. We’ll keep you posted on what happens next in this ongoing struggle.