Apple products to be investigated: USITC

appleRecently, The US International Trade Commission (USITC) announced a probe into Apple products consisting of Mac computers, iPhones, iPods, iPads and Apple TV’s.

USITC was hearing a case filed by California-based companies Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners alleging Apple of infringing US patent numbers RE46386 and 8924502.

The suit claimed that, “Apple had worked closely with Aqua Connect on development and sales of Aqua Connect’s remote desktop and terminal services application, but in early 2011, Apple, abruptly and without explanation, stopped cooperating with Aqua Connect.”

“Apple then launched a new major release of its operating system, known as Lion. Lion included a “redesigned remote desktop and terminal server solution called ‘Screen Sharing’”, which allegedly used Aqua Connect’s patented technology without permission”, the suit said.

The complainant further claimed that its Ignision Server could entirely replace the functionality of Apple’s allegedly infringing “Screen Sharing” functionality. It went on to say that it has the capacity to increase the distribution of the product.

“Accordingly, consumers would have access to competitive products from complainants and from other suppliers.”

Aqua Connect is asking for 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.


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