By Eric Schweibenz
On October 31, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wafer-Level Packaging Semiconductor Devices and Products Containing Same (Including Cellular Telephones, Tablets, Laptops, and Notebooks) and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1080).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 28, 2017 complaint filed by Tessera Advanced Technologies, Inc. of San Jose, 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 wafer-level packaging semiconductor devices and products containing same (including cellular telephones, tablets, laptops, and notebooks) and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,784,557 and 6,954,001. See our October 6, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. of San Jose, California as the respondents in this matter. The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in the investigation.

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

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