By Eric Schweibenz
On December 29, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission instituted an investigation of Certain Authentication Systems, Including Software and Handheld Electronic Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-697).

The investigation is based on a December 2, 2009 complaint and December 18, 2009 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Prism Technologies LLC of Omaha, Nebraska alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain authentication systems, including software and handheld electronic devices which allegedly infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,290,288.  See our December 4 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Research In Motion, Ltd. of Canada and Research In Motion Corp. of Irving, Texas as the respondents in this investigation.

Further, Vu Q. Bui of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified on the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

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