By Eric Schweibenz
On November 15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Mobile Electronic Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-1029).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 14, 2016 complaint filed by Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, California alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain mobile electronic devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,095,082; 7,999,384; 7,548,407; 8,497,928; and 7,949,367. See our October 19, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Zhuhai Meizu Technology Co., Ltd. of China and Zhuhai Meizu Telecom Equipment Co., Ltd. of China, Dest Technology Ltd. of China, LGYD Ltd. of China, and Overseas Electronics, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois as the respondents in this investigation.  The Notice of Investigation also indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not be named as a party to this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.