Motorola filed a complaint with the commission in early October, charging Apple with infringing 18 of its patents, including those that cover technologies related to antenna design, 802.11, wireless e-mail, proximity sensing and location-based services. Motorola alleged that Apple uses those patents in the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, some Mac computers and services including MobileMe and the App Store.
Motorola’s complaint requests an order barring the importation of “certain video games and controllers” that infringe Motorola patents, the ITC said.
Within 45 days, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation.
The dispute between the companies is just one of many in the mobile-phone industry. HTC and Apple have sued each other for patent infringement, Microsoft has sued Motorola over its Android phone, and Nokia and Apple have sued each other.