By Eric Schweibenz
On January 22, 2010, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Semiconductor Chips Having Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory Controllers and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-661).

The Complainant in this investigation is Rambus Inc. and the Respondents are NVIDIA Corp.; Asustek Computer Inc.; ASUS Computer International, Inc.; BFG Technologies, Inc.; Biostar Microtech (U.S.A.) Corp.; Biostar Microtech International Corp.; Diablotek Inc.; EVGA Corp.; G.B.T. Inc.; Giga-byte Technology Co., Ltd.; Hewlett-Packard Co.; MSI Computer Corp.; Micro-star International Co., Ltd.; Palit Multimedia Inc.; Palit Microsystems Ltd.; Pine Technology Holdings, Ltd.; and Sparkle Computer Co., Ltd.

According to the notice, ALJ Essex held that a violation of Section 337 has occurred in connection with the importation into the U.S., the sale for importation, or the sale within the U.S. after importation of certain semiconductor chips having synchronous dynamic random access memory controllers and products containing same by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,470,405, 6,591,353, and 7,287,109.  ALJ Essex further held that no violation had occurred by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,177,998 and 7,210,016.

The notice issued by ALJ Essex released only the introduction and conclusions of law sections of the ID.  We will provide additional information once the public version of the ID is issued in its entirety.