EMC announced last week that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to investigate EMC's claims that Japan-based Hitachi infringes on several EMC software patents. Last Month, EMC sued Hitachi, claiming that the company was violating six EMC patents in Hitachi's software. Hitachi responded by countersuing EMC, claiming EMC violates eight of Hitachi's patents.
The ITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of US government, determines the impact of imports on US industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright infringement). EMC has requested that the United States block Hitachi from importing infringing products to the United States.