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Security software firm VirnetX (NYSEAMEX:VHC) has filed a fresh complaint against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging anew that the iPhone maker infringed on communications technology patents held by it.
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VirnetX had first complained to the ITC against Apple on the same issue last year, but was told it lacked standing because of patent ownership conflicts. VirnetX had acquired a portion of its patent portfolio from Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAI) in 2006. VirnetX had pledged then to file a revised complaint and this time, the company has filed jointly with SAI in an attempt to remove the procedural standing issue that led to its previous dismissal.
VirnetX has requested that the ITC “institute an investigation into Apple’s allegedly infringing imports and ultimately issue an Exclusion Order to bar importation of those Apple products.” The products named include the iPhone, the iPad, the iPod, and Mac computers. The company is also seeking a cease and desist order to try to bar further sales and other domestic commercial activities of infringing Apple products.
“We feel confident that our re-filing satisfies all previous ITC issues,” Kendall Larsen, VirnetX’s chief executive, said in a statement. “We now look forward to our case schedule and assignment of an administrative law judge. We believe the merits of our complaint are strong and substantial.”
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