By Eric Schweibenz
On February 19, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Mobile Communications And Computer Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-704).

The investigation is based on a January 15, 2010 complaint filed by Apple Inc. (formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc.) of Cupertino, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain mobile communication devices and computer devices and components thereof which allegedly infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,379,431, 5,455,599, 5,519,867, 5,915,131, 5,920,726, 5,969,705, 6,343,263, 6,424,354, and RE 39,486.  See our January 19, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Nokia Corporation of Finland and Nokia Inc. of White Plains, New York as the respondents in this investigation.

Further, Daniel R. Girdwood 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 indicating that ALJ Charles E. Bullock will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.