By Eric Schweibenz
On September 23, 2010, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Printing and Imaging Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-690).

The Complainants in this investigation are Ricoh Company, Ltd., Ricoh Americas Corporation, and Ricoh Electronics, Inc.  The Respondents are Oki Data Corporation and Oki Data Americas, Inc. (collectively the “Respondents”).

According to the notice, ALJ Rogers determined that a violation of Section 337 had occurred by the Respondents by reason of infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,863,690 (the ‘690 patent).  ALJ Rogers further determined that an industry exists in the U.S. that exploits the ‘690 patent.

Additionally, ALJ Rogers determined that no violation had occurred by the Respondents with respect to (i) U.S. Patent No. 6,212,343 (the ‘343 patent), (ii) U.S. Patent No. 6,209,048, (iii) U.S. Patent No. 6,388,771 (the ‘771 patent), and (iv) U.S. Patent No. 5,746,866 (the ‘866 patent).  ALJ Rogers also determined that an industry does not exist in the U.S. that exploits the ‘343, ‘048, ‘771, and ‘866 patents.

The notice issued by ALJ Rogers released only the conclusions of law from the ID.  We will provide additional information after the public version of the ID issues in its entirety.