The Obama administration has signed an agreement with Apple that allows it to sue the tech giant for infringing on intellectual property it has developed for the U.S. military.
The pact comes amid a growing legal battle between the government and the tech giants, which have accused the companies of infringing on their copyrights, patents and trademarks in an effort to combat terrorism and other threats.
The agreement is part of a broader agreement between the two companies and the U-S.
Government Accountability Office, which has recommended that Congress grant the companies special permission to sue for copyright infringement.
The agreement also allows the companies to sue U.N. members, the International Olympic Committee and the World Bank for allegedly failing to prevent counterfeiting of U.A.E. technology.
It is the first such agreement between companies, but other countries, including China, are expected to join the list, which is still under negotiation.
The pact was signed Monday by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, U.K. Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander, U,S.
Secretary of State John Kerry, U-K.
Ambassador Michael Froman and White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
Apple, which already has sued U. S. officials over the company’s patents and software, said in a statement that it had been forced to change its approach because of the Trump administration’s “misguided” actions.
Apple has sued dozens of U.,S.
officials in the past year, accusing them of infringing its patents, including a U.D.N.-approved technology for drones.
The company also accused U.s. officials of infringing patents related to the Apple Watch.
Apple is also accused of stealing ideas for its products, including iPhone 5S, iPad Air and the Apple Pencil.
It also accused the U.,s.
government of using the lawsuit to advance its political agenda.
In an email to the AP, a company spokesman said, “We believe the new agreement does not violate the First Amendment or our rights under the Constitution.”
The spokesman said the U,s.
Department of Justice has “agreed to drop its ongoing case against Apple and will not be involved in any further litigation.”
A U. K. spokesman said Monday that the U.-K.
government has signed a similar agreement with Google.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.