Heiko Recktenwald on Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:50:34 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> The end of the iPhone?

US trade commission to probe Apple for HTC patent infringement
Sarah Miley at 10:25 AM ET

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[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website]
on Friday voted to launch an investigation [press release] into
allegations made by HTC Corp accusing Apple [corporate websites] of
patent infringement on certain portable electronic devices. HTC filed a
complaint with the ITC in May [JURIST report] claiming that Apple had
infringed on five of HTC's patents, and is seeking an exclusion order
and a cease and desist order, which would ban Apple's importation of
iPhones, iPads and iPods. The complaint alleges violations of § 337 of
the Tariff Act of 1930 [text], which regulates the importation and sale
of certain portable electronic devices that infringe patents in the US.
The ITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of
the commission's six administrative law judges, who will schedule and
hold an evidentiary hearing. The judges will make an initial
determination of whether Apple violated § 337, and that determination
will be subject to review by the commission as a whole. The commission
stated that a target date for completion will be determined within 45
days of the investigation's commencement.

In March, Apple filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] against HTC in the US
District Court for the District of Delaware [official website] alleging
that several of HTC's products infringe 10 patents owned by Apple. Apple
also filed a complaint [text, PDF] against HTC with the ITC claiming
infringement of 10 other Apple patents, seeking to bar the importation
of infringing devices. Apple has recently been involved in numerous
legal actions over alleged patent infringement. In October, Finnish
telecommunications company Nokia [corporate website] filed suit [JURIST
report] against Apple alleging that Apple infringed 10 of its patents
since the first iPhone was released in 2007. The patents cover wireless
data transmission, speech coding, and security/encryption.



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