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Nokia Complaint vs Apple Forms Basis of USITC Investigation of Smartphones, Tablets

Nokia's ( NOK ) complaint filed against Apple ( AAPL ), alleging violations of the Tariff Act of 1930 has become the basis of a new investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission into certain electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablet computers, and components thereof.

The commission said the investigation is based on the complaint related to the importation into the US and sale of certain electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablet computers, and components thereof that allegedly infringe patents asserted by Nokia. It said Nokia has requested that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

"By instituting this investigation...the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case," the commission said. "The USITC's chief administrative law judge will assign the case to one of the USITC's administrative law judges, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission."

It noted that it will make a final determination at the earliest practicable time, noting that within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation.

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