USITC Opens Investigation Into Apple for Patent Infringement

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Image Eric Thayer Getty Images

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said it has voted to initiate an investigation into possible patent infringement by Apple products, including iPhones, iPads and Macs. (AAPL) over allegations that numerous iPhone maker's best-selling devices feature patented technology stolen from another company. This follows a complaint filed by Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners, two California companies, in October.

According to the company's website, Aqua Connect offers software that allows organizations to deliver macOS as a remote desktop service to users on any device.

The complainant said Apple cut ties with it "abruptly and without explanation" and then, months later, launched its Lion operating system that featured a similar screen-sharing tool.

Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners have requested that the USITC issue a temporary exclusion order and a temporary cease and desist order based on a motion for temporary relief and that the USITC ultimately issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order, the USITC said. The USITC added that it will now assign the case to one of its judges to determine whether Apple violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation.

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