ITC to investigate patent infringement complaint against Apple

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Apple Inc. for patent infringement, the USITC said late Tuesday. However, the worldwide complaint apparently also appears to be much more encompassing; it could relate to select Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV products as well, though the exact models and features have not yet been revealed.

The commission said in a statement the probe was based on a complaint by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners of Orange, California.

ITC details about the alleged patent infringement are sparse at the moment.


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 suit alleges that U.S. Patent RE46,386, "Updating a User Session in a Mach-derived Computer System Environment" and the U.S. Patent 8,924,502, "System, Method and Computer Program Product for Updating a User Session in a Mach-derived System Environment", have been used in Apple devices since iOS 5. It went on to say that it has the capacity to increase the distribution of the product.

The ITC hasn't made any decisions about the merit of Aqua Connect's complaints, and the case hasn't been assigned to a judge yet.


Aqua Connect is seeking a temporary exclusion order and a temporary cease-and-desist order based on a motion for temporary relief, and that the ITC ultimately issue a limited exclusion order and a cease-and-desist order.

Then, the ALJ will make an initial determination of whether there is a violation of section 337, with the initial determination being subject to review by the commission.


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