By Eric Schweibenz
On November 14, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Network Personal Computers, Mobile Devices, Digital Media Players, and Microconsoles (Inv. No. 337-TA-1083).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 10, 2017 complaint filed by Aqua Connect, Inc. and Strategic Technology Partners, LLC—both of Orange, 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 network personal computers and mobile devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. RE46,386 and 8,924,502.  See our October 23, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Apple Inc. of Cupertino, California as the sole respondent in this matter.

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