By Eric Schweibenz
On March 31, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Personal Data And Mobile Communications Devices and Related Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-710).

The investigation is based on a March 2, 2010 complaint filed by Apple Inc. (formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc.) of Cupertino, California and NeXT Software, Inc. (formerly known as NeXT Computer, Inc.) of Cupertino, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain personal data and mobile communications devices and related software that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,481,721, 5,519,867, 5,566,337, 5,929,852, 5,946,647, 5,969,705, 6,275,983, 6,343,263, 5,915,131, and RE 39,486.  See our March 4, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified High Tech Computer Corp. a/k/a HTC Corp. of Taiwan, HTC America, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington, and Exedea, Inc. of Houston, Texas as the respondents in this investigation.

Further, Daniel L. Girwood of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified on the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.