ALJ Bullock Grants Motions To Terminate Investigation As To Haier In Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Control Technology (337-TA-820)
On May 24, 2012, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order Nos. 18 and 19 in Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide and Parental Control Technology (Inv. No. 337-TA-820).
In Order No. 18, ALJ Bullock granted a motion filed by Respondent Haier America Trading, LLC (“Haier America”) to terminate the investigation based on the entry of a consent order. ALJ Bullock’s determination was made over Complainants Rovi Corporation, Rovi Guides, Inc., United Video Properties, Inc., Gemstar Development Corporation, and Index Systems, Inc.’s (collectively, “Rovi”) arguments that the consent order would not provide the full scope of relief that Rovi would be entitled to in this investigation. Specifically, ALJ Bullock found that the patents asserted by Rovi against Haier America relate to parental control features that control the display of adult content on televisions and the only Haier products accused of infringement are televisions. Moreover, ALJ Bullock found that Rovi’s assertion that Haier America “may import other products such as ‘tablets’ is nothing more than attorney argument” and “mere speculation without any documentary evidence is an insufficient basis to force Haier America to remain in this investigation.” Accordingly, ALJ Bullock granted Haier America’s motion.
In Order No. 19, ALJ Bullock granted a motion filed by Respondent Haier Group Corp. (“HGC”) to terminate the investigation based on the entry of a consent order. For the same reasons set forth in Order No. 18, ALJ Bullock granted HGC’s motion.