USITC to probe Apple after Qualcomm complaint

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it voted to institute an investigation of certain mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components offered by Apple.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Qualcomm.

“The products at issue in the investigation are primarily certain smartphone models offered by Apple, Inc. that incorporate technologies to enhance carrier aggregation functionality, power-efficient radio frequency (RF) signal reception, power-efficient processor and memory architectures, and image processing,” said the USITC.

“The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Qualcomm Incorporated of San Diego, CA, on November 30, 2017.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.

“The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.”