On February 9, 2012, the International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) issued a notice and advisory opinion
granting a request by non-respondent Holland Electronics, LLC (“Holland”) and determining that Holland’s identified coaxial cable connectors are not covered by the Commission’s March 31, 2010 general exclusion order for U.S. Patent No. 6,558,194 in Certain Coaxial Cable Connectors and Components Thereof and Products Containing Same
(Inv. No. 337-TA-650).
By way of background, the Complainant in this investigation is John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc. d/b/a PPC, Inc. (“PPC”) and the Respondents are Fu Ching Technical Industry Co. Ltd., Gem Electronics, Inc. (collectively, the “Active Respondents”), Hanjiang Fei Yu Electronics Equipment Factory, Zhongguang Electronics, Yangzhou Zhongguang Electronics Co., Ltd., and Yangzhou Zhongguang Foreign Trade Co., Ltd. (collectively, the “Defaulting Respondents”). The investigation was instituted on May 30, 2008. On October 13, 2009, ALJ Gildea issued his Initial Determination (“ID”) finding, inter alia
, that the Defaulting Respondents violated Section 337 by infringing various patents, including U.S. Patent No. 6,558,194 (the ‘194 patent). See
our November 10, 2009 post
for more details. On December 14, 2009, the Commission determined to review the ID in part, but the Commission did not review the ALJ’s determination with respect to the ‘194 patent. See
our December 16, 2009 post
for more details. The Commission issued a general exclusion order on March 31, 2010 with respect to the ‘194 patent based on finding a violation of Section 337 by the defaulting respondents.