U.S. launches patent probe into foreign communications companies
WASHINGTON, Jan 31, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The U.S. International Trade
Commission (USITC) on Thursday initiated a Section 337
investigation into wireless devices from four communications
companies based in South Korea, Finland and China for patent
The probe is based on a complaint filed by InterDigital
Communications of King of Prussia and other three U.S. companies
in early January, the USITC said in a statement.
Four telecom companies -- South Korea's Samsung, Finland's
Nokia as well as ZTE and Huawei from China -- are involved in the
The complainant accused these companies of infringing its
patents related to wireless devices with 3G and/or 4G
capabilities, and requested an exclusion order and cease and
desist orders, according to the federal bipartisan panel.
Within 45 days the USITC will set a target date for completing
Should the complaint be approved, the panel will issue remedial
orders, such as a ban on importation of accused products.
The United States has launched similar investigations against
Chinese products in recent months. The Chinese Ministry of
Commerce has repeatedly urged Washington to abide by its
commitment against protectionism and help maintain a free, open
and just international trade environment.
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