By Eric Schweibenz
On April 19, 2010, ALJ E. James Gildea issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination and Recommended Determination on Remedy and Bond (“ID”) in Certain Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (“CCFL”) Inverter Circuits and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-666).

The Complainants in this investigation are O2 Micro International Ltd. and O2 Micro Inc.  The Respondents are Monolithic Power Systems Inc., Microsemi Corporation, ASUSTek Computer Inc. and ASUS Computer International America (collectively, the “Respondents”).

According to the notice, ALJ Gildea determined that no violation of Section 337 had occurred by the Respondents in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation, of certain CCFL inverter circuits by reason of infringement of the asserted claims of United States Patent No. 7,417,382 (the ‘382 patent).

ALJ Gildea further determined that a domestic industry does not exist that practices the ‘382 patent.

The notice issued by ALJ Gildea released only the title and first three pages of the ID.  We will provide additional information after the public version of the ID issues in its entirety.