By Eric Schweibenz
On March 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 Incorporating Haptics (Including Smartphones And Smartwatches) and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-990).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 11, 2016 complaint filed by Immersion Corp. of San Jose, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain mobile electronic devices incorporating haptics (including smartphones and smartwatches) and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,773,356; 8,619,051; and 8,659,571.  See our February 11, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Apple Inc. of Cupertino, California, AT&T Inc. of Dallas, Texas and AT&T Mobility LLC of Atlanta, Georgia as the respondents.  

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