By Eric Schweibenz
On June 11, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Biometric Scanning Devices, Components Thereof, Associated Software, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-720).

The investigation is based on a May 11, 2010 complaint and a May 26, 2010 amended complaint filed by Cross Match Technologies, Inc. of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain biometric scanning devices, components thereof, associated software, and products containing the same which allegedly infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 5,900,993, 6,483,932, 7,203,344, and 7,277,562.  See our May 12, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Suprema, Inc. of South Korea and Mentalix, Inc. of Plano, Texas as the respondents in this investigation.

Further, Thomas S. Fusco of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is identified in the Notice of Investigation as the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

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