Little is known about the investigation at this time, but in October, Aqua Connect announced that it had filed complaints against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission and the District Court for the Central District of California accusing Apple Macs, iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Apple TVs of infringing on two of its patents.
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."
According to Aqua Connect, both of the patents relate to screen sharing, remote desktop, and terminal server technology. Aqua Connect says that it built the first remote desktop solution for the Mac in 2008, which Apple later built into its iOS and macOS products without permission.
"Aqua Connect invented and built the first fully functional remote desktop and terminal server solution for Mac in 2008," said Ronnie Exley, CEO of Aqua Connect. "Initially, our product had Apple's full support. But years later, Apple built our technology into its macOS and iOS operating systems without our permission. These lawsuits seek to stop Apple from continuing to use our technology in their macOS and iOS operating systems."Aqua Connect's complaint with the International Trade Commission asks for an exclusion order and a cease and desist order that would bar Apple from importing its products into the United States.
Aqua Connect's patent infringement lawsuit separately accuses Apple of willful infringement and seeks damages.
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