By Eric Schweibenz
On January 4, 2010, the International Trade Commission issued a notice determining to grant a joint motion to terminate the investigation in Certain Automotive Multimedia Display and Navigation Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-657).

By way of background, the Complainant in this investigation is Honeywell International, Inc. (“Honeywell”).  The original Respondents were Alpine Electronics, Inc.; Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.; Denso Corporation; Denso International America, Inc.; Pioneer Corp.; Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.; Kenwood Corp.; and Kenwood USA Corp.  However, all of the Respondents other than Pioneer Corp. and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. (collectively, “Pioneer”) were terminated from the investigation before ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued the initial determination (“ID”) on September 22, 2009 finding no violation of Section 337.  See our November 4 post for more details.  On November 23, 2009, the Commission decided to review the ID in part.  See our November 25 post for more details.  On December 22, 2009, Honeywell and Pioneer filed a joint motion to terminate the investigation based on a settlement agreement.  On December 24, 2009, the Commission Investigative Staff filed a response that recommended that the Commission grant the motion.

According to the January 4 notice, after examining the record of the investigation, the Commission decided to grant the joint motion to terminate the investigation.