By Eric Schweibenz
On December 17, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Silicon Microphone Packages and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-695).

The investigation is based on a November 12, 2009 complaint and motion for temporary relief as well as a December 1, 2009 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Knowles Electronics LLC of Itasca, Illinois (“Knowles”).  Knowles’ complaint and motion for temporary relief allege violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain silicon microphone packages and products containing the same which allegedly infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 6,781,231 and 7,242,089.  See our November 13 and 17 posts for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Analog Devices Inc. of Norwood, Massachusetts (“ADI”) as the respondent in this investigation.  In addition, regarding Knowles’ motion for temporary relief, the Notice of Investigation provides that the Commission has provisionally accepted and referred such motion to the presiding ALJ for investigation.

Further, Mareesa A. Frederick of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified on the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice assigning ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. as the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.