By Eric Schweibenz
On February 12, 2010, the International Trade Commission issued a notice deciding to extend the target date for completion of the investigation in Certain Encapsulated Integrated Circuit Devices and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-501).

By way of background, the Complainant in this investigation is Amkor Technology, Inc. (“Amkor”) and the Respondents are Carsem (M) Sdn Bhd, Carsem Semiconductor Sdn Bhd, and Carsem, Inc. (collectively “Carsem”).  On November 9, 2005, ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a Remand Initial Determination, finding that (1) there was a violation of Section 337 in connection with U.S. Patent No. 6,433,277; and (2) no violation of Section 337 had occurred in connection with U.S. Patent No. 6,630,728 and U.S. Patent No. 6,455,356.  On October 30, 2009, ALJ Bullock issued the Supplemental Initial Determination (“Supplemental ID”) reaffirming his finding of a violation of Section 337.  See our November 27, 2009 post for more details.  On December 16, 2009, the Commission issued a notice determining to review the Supplemental ID.  See our December 17, 2009 post for more details.

In the February 12 notice, the Commission indicated that it “has not been able to complete its review due to inclement weather that forced the closure of the Federal government for four days” and thus determined to “extend[ ] the target date in this investigation until February 18, 2010.”