By Eric Schweibenz
On October 29, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Ceramic Capacitors and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-692).

According to the Notice of Investigation, the investigation is based on an October 1, 2009 complaint and October 28, 2009 supplement to the complaint filed by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd of Japan and Murata Electronics North America, Inc. of Smyrna, Georgia.  The complaint alleges violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S., the sale for importation, and the sale within the U.S. after importation of certain ceramic capacitors and products containing same which allegedly infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,266,229; 6,014,309; 6,377,439; and 6,243,254.  See our October 2 post for more details.

Further, according to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd. of South Korea and Samsung Electro-Mechanics America, Inc. of Irvine, California as Respondents in this investigation.

Additionally, Aarti Shah of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

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