ALJ Bullock Grants Motion To Terminate-In-Part Investigation In Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Controls Technology (337-TA-820)

Posted On: December 7, 2012   by:

On December 5, 2012, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 52 granting Respondent Vizio, Inc.’s (“Vizio”) unopposed renewed motion to terminate-in-part this investigation as to U.S. Patent No. RE41,993 (the ’993 patent) in Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide and Parental Controls Technology (Inv. No. 337-TA-820).

According to the Order, Vizio argued that Complainants Rovi Corporation, Rovi Guides, Inc., United Video Properties, Inc., Gemstar Development Corporation, and Index Systems, Inc. (collectively, “Rovi”) cannot obtain an effective remedy because the ’993 patent will expire before the conclusion of the investigation.  Rovi did not oppose the motion.  ALJ Bullock found good cause to grant the motion, observing that the target date of the investigation is September 23, 2013, almost two months after the expiration date of the ’993 patent.

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