No one likes a plagiarist or a patent infringer, especially those who make their living from the written word and developing innovative technologies. That’s why there is a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Among other things, the agency protects businesses from other businesses infringing on their patents.
The ITC started an investigation to see if four Japanese companies and their American affiliates infringed on patents in the development of their auto navigation systems and related products. The whole idea came about when Honeywell International complained about patent infringement.
More details can be found at the original article below. The ITC, of course, is mum. Our take? Don’t be surprised if CEOs and even companies begin to deal with the prospect of some real jail time.