ITC Investigate Apple in Patent Case

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced it is set to investigate allegations made by Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC that Apple's iPhone technology infringes some of its patents.

The investigation follows a complaint filed by HTC on 12 May that Apple has violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 "in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable electronic devices and related software that infringe patents asserted by HTC".

HTC is pushing for a USITC exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

"The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable electronic devices and related software," noted a statement from the USITC.

"The products at issue in this investigation are portable electronic devices that utilise certain power management methods and may incorporate hardware and software for telephone directories within mobile telephone systems."

The filing by HTC comes just a few months after Apple instigated legal action against the Taiwanese handset maker over similar patent infringement issues.

"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs at the time.

"We've decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

Since then, Google has come out in support of HTC, issuing a statement that it "stands behind" the partners that have helped develop its Android operating system.

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