The USITC has agreed to investigate Apple and more than a dozen other technology companies after receiving a complaint from an Irish-based patent troll.
Apple is one of 13 companies, including multiple divisions of Samsung and Lenovo, to be investigated in response to a filing from Dublin-based Arigna Technology Limited.
The USITC stated in a statement that power semiconductors, mobile devices, and computers containing them are alleged to have been imported and sold in the United States in violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the USITC stated in a statement. The complainant asks for a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders to be issued by the USITC.
As a result of the USITC launching this investigation, there has been no decision made on the merits of this case.
The scope of the investigation, according to the USITC’s full notice of investigation, includes “power semiconductors with envelope tracking modules, and products such as mobile devices, tablets, and laptop computers containing the same.”
To support its lawsuit against the same companies, Arigna Technology has filed this complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). The core of the complaint is that all of big tech is infringing on their wireless patents, and that’s what the suit is about.
This trial in Texas is centred on wireless patents involving modems and other hardware that none of the defendants manufacture. Because of this, it’s not clear why the company isn’t going after the technology’s licensors rather than the big tech companies that use the products in question.
As a non-practicing entity (NPE), the Dublin-based company is currently involved in numerous patent litigation. In February 2020, Mitsubishi Electric is said to have sold over 30 patents to it. So far, it has used them to bring legal action against automobile manufacturers.
On the other hand, the USITC has been investigating Apple and Ericsson over patent disagreements.