U.S. International Trade Commission Investigating Whether Apple Infringed on Maxell Patents

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today announced that it is launching an investigation to determine whether Apple's mobile devices and Macs violate patents owned by Japanese consumer electronics company Maxell. [PDF]

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Maxell filed a complaint with the USITC on July 17, alleging that Apple's mobile devices, tablets, smartwatches, and laptop computers violate patents related to passcode unlocking, WiFi assist, mobile communications, facial recognition in the Photos app, and more.

Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on July 17, 2020, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Maxell, Ltd. of Japan. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain mobile electronic devices and laptop computers by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,203,517 ("the '517 patent"); U.S. Patent No. 8,982,086 ("the '086 patent"); U.S. Patent No. 7,199,821 ("the '821 patent"); U.S. Patent No. 10,129,590 ("the '590 patent"); and U.S. Patent No. 10,176,848 ("the '848 patent"). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by the applicable Federal Statute.

Maxell is asking that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order to prevent Apple from importing infringing devices into the U.S.

The USITC plans to make a final determination in the investigation as quickly as possible. Within 45 days after investigation begins, the USITC will set a target date for completion.

Top Rated Comments

JCCL Avatar
22 weeks ago


Get your popcorn's ready.

Apple is a 2 Trillion Dollar company?

What investigation USITC? Give it up...

I fail to see how is being 2 Trillion Dollar Company has to do with whether they infringed on a Third Party's IP or not. Some people cheer for Apple here as if they were your favorite Sports Team.... "No one can beat my Apple"!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PSeg90 Avatar
22 weeks ago
"passcode unlocking, WiFi assist, mobile communications, facial recognition in the Photos app"

...What took them this long to complain about the fundamentals of iPhone?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nylon Avatar
22 weeks ago
Everyone wants some cookies from the cookie jar. ?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BaltimoreMediaBlog Avatar
22 weeks ago
Is this related to loading programs from Maxell cassette tapes on the Apple ][e?
I think I did that one time. Does anyone even remember when that actually was a thing? LOL
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
progx Avatar
22 weeks ago
Maxell. Haven't heard that name in years. Does anyone need a blank audio cassette? Want to a mix tape?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
22 weeks ago
Apple legal very busy
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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