US International Trade Commission Investigating Apple

US International Trade Commission Investigating Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it had launched an investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Apple Inc on various devices.

A woman looks at the screen of her mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in Shanghai, China July 30, 2017. This follows a complaint filed by Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners, two California companies, in October.

In addition to the Apple products mentioned above, the investigation includes possible patent infringement by iPods and Apple TV. 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. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The USITC said it would set a target date for completion of the investigation within 45 days.