Previously, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over $1 billion in damages for infringing Apple’s patents. It seems, however, that Apple has not time to celebrate. The US ITC (International Trade Commission) has decided to investigate Apple’s iDevices.
The investigation comes after Google-owned Motorola filed a complaint against the Cupertino firm on the 17th of August.
The press release reads, “The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain wireless communication devices, portable music and data processing devices, computers, and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.”
Motorola has requested the US ITC to issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
It looks like things are only beginning to intensify.
Back in the 24th of August, the International Trade Commission ruled that Apple did not infringe three of Motorola’s patents that have to do with 3G wireless technology.
Last week, a German court issued a ruling that Apple may enforce a sales ban of Motorola-made devices that infringe on Apple patents in Germany.
CNET reports that this latest legal debacle between Motorola and Apple could take more than a year. Furthermore, even if a court issues a ruling, the US ITC would still have to review the court’s decision.
Back to Apple vs. Samsung, the two technology giants are scheduled for a hearing that finalises the Cupertino firm being awarded more than $1 billion from the Korean tech giant. Samsung is still trying to overturn the jury’s decision through an appeal.
Want to know more on further developments of the US International Trade Commission’s Investigation of Apple products? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.