Apple has recently faced a number of patent-related disputes. According to foreign media reports, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said on Tuesday that they would investigate the case of Apple being accused of infringing on patents in a variety of devices.
The United States International Trade Commission said in a statement, the survey of AquaConnect and Strategic Technology Partners of Orange company based on the complaint, the products include apple Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV.
Aqua Connect sued Apple for infringing on its two patents. The company said on the official website that they have provided Mac OS X with a unique remote desktop solution since 2007. This solution is widely used by Apple businesses and customers. However, Apple has suddenly terminated its cooperation with the company without any explanation since the beginning of 2011. Subsequently, Apple released a new version of MacOS in June 2011, which comes with a redesigned remote desktop system and terminal server Solution "Screen Sharing".
Aqua Connect mentioned that the program uses its own patented technology without permission. In addition, "Airplay Mirroring" in Apple iOS 5 also uses Aqua Connect's patented technology without authorization.
At the moment, the controversial part is that Apple's Remote Desktop, launched in 2002, is actually more comprehensive than screen sharing or AirPlay mirroring, so Apple's remote desktop system is likely to play a big role. To know Aqua Connect was founded in 2007, five years later than the Apple Remote Desktop release.
However, Aqua Connect claims that Apple's previous technology was "basic screen sharing," and that their current technology infringed on their core patents.
However, it is clear that this lawsuit will also take a short period of time to end. It takes an average of more than a year for the ITC to handle such incidents and sometimes it can take about three years. So it seems that this is another "marathon incident" related to patents.
Apple has always had to face a lot of patent-related litigation, perhaps the most classic is the legal battle with Samsung, and the recent dispute with Qualcomm.