USITC says launches probe of allegations of patent infringement by Apple

US government investigates Apple’s patent theft

US government investigates Apple’s patent theft

The US International Trade Commission announced it's starting an investigation into patent infringement allegations against Apple. (AAPL) over allegations that numerous iPhone maker's best-selling devices feature patented technology stolen from another company. Products at issue in the investigation are certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs.

In a statement issued Tuesday (Nov. 14), the USITC said its investigation is based on a complaint filed by Aqua Connect Inc. and Strategic Technology Partners LLC, software companies based in Orange, Calif.

According to, the complaint hinges on Apple's AirPlay, technology that enables audio and video to be streamed wirelessly across different Apple devices. 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. The USITC added that it will now assign the case to one of its judges to determine whether Apple violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

The USITC said it would set a target date for completion of the investigation within 45 days.