USITC probes Apple after patent complaint

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it voted to institute an investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Apple Inc on certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs.

“The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Aqua Connect, Inc., and Strategic Technology Partners, LLC, of Orange, CA, on October 10, 2017,” said the USITC.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain personal computers, mobile devices, digital media players, and microconsoles that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.

“The complainants request 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 has identified Apple Inc. of Cupertino, CA, as the respondent in this investigation.

“By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1083), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case … “