The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into Apple Inc. for patent infringement, the USITC said late Tuesday. Aqua Connect Inc. and Strategic Technology Partners LLC lodged a complaint October 10 and requested the USITC issue a temporary exclusion order, the USITC said. The company also alleged that several other Apple tools violated its patents, including the screen-mirroring option within AirPlay. 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. Such rulings could presumably bar Apple from importing into the US products that are found to infringe the patents at issue. The products at issue are certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs, it said.
Aqua Connect's website says its a supplier to Apple since 2007, providing remote desktop solutions.
Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation.