By Eric Schweibenz
On September 27, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wi-Fi Enabled Electronic Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1072).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 29, 2017 complaint filed by Sharp Corp. of Japan and Sharp Electronics Corp. of Montvale, New Jersey 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 of certain Wi-Fi enabled devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,325,838 and 8,279,809. See our September 1, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Hisense Co., Ltd. of China, Hisense Electric, Co. Ltd. of China, Hisense International (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong, Hisense USA Corp. of Suwanee, Georgia, Hisense Electronics Manufacturing Co. of America Corp. of Suwanee, Georgia, Hisense USA Multimedia R&D Center, Inc. of Suwanee, Georgia, and Hisense Inc. of Huntington Beach, California as the respondents in this matter.

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