Apple Facing ITC Patent Infringement Investigation Over Aqua Connect Complaint

Doris Richards
November 15, 2017

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.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating Apple over patent infringement allegations stemming from a complaint submitted by Aqua Connect and subsidiary Strategic Technology Partners.

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It claimed that Apple had worked closely with Aqua Connect on development and sales of Aqua Connect's remote desktop and terminal services application, but that in early 2011, "Apple-abruptly and without explanation-stopped cooperating with Aqua Connect".

The two patents in question include U.S. Patent RE46,386, "Updating a User Session in a Mach-derived Computer System Environment" and U.S. Patent 8,924,502, "System, Method and Computer Program Product for Updating a User Session in a Mach-derived System Environment".

The agency added that it will set a target date for completing the investigation within 45 days. "These lawsuits seek to stop Apple from continuing to use our technology in their macOS and iOS operating systems".

The patent infringement, according to the ITC, relates to select models of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV.

Lion included a "redesigned remote desktop and terminal server solution called "Screen Sharing", which allegedly used Aqua Connect's patented technology without permission. VirnetX, who won a retrial against Apple a year ago, stated that the total final judgment amount would be $439.7 million, around $140 million higher than previously disclosed.

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