By Eric Schweibenz
On April 15, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Display Devices, Including Digital Televisions and Monitors (Inv. No. 337-TA-713).

The investigation is based on a March 18, 2010 complaint and an April 14, 2010 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Sony Corporation of Japan alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain display devices, including digital televisions and monitors that allegedly infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,434,626, 5,751,373, 6,111,614, 5,583,577, 5,684,542, 5,731,847, 6,661,472, 6,816,131, RE38,055, and RE40,468.  See our March 22, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

  • TPV Technology Limited of Hong Kong

  • Top Victory Electronics (Taiwan) Co., Ltd. of Taiwan

  • TPV International (USA), Inc. of Austin, Texas

  • Envision Peripherals, Inc. of Fremont, California

  • Top Victory Investments Ltd. of Hong Kong

  • TPV Electronics (Fujian) Co., Ltd. of China

  • TPV Display Technology (Wuhan) Co., Ltd. of China

  • TPV Display Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. of China

  • Chimei Innolux Corporation of Taiwan

  • Innolux Corporation of Austin, Texas

  • ViewSonic Corporation of Walnut, California

Further, Mareesa A. Frederick of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified on the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that ALJ Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.