By Eric Schweibenz
On November 18, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Controls Technology (Inv. No. 337-TA-747).

The investigation is based on an October 20, 2010 complaint filed by Rovi Corporation, Rovi Guides, Inc., and United Video Properties, Inc. — all of Santa Clara, California — and Index Systems, Inc. of the British Virgin Islands alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain products containing interactive program guide (IPG) and parental controls technology, including televisions and digital video recorders, that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 6,020,929, 6,305,016, and 6,701,523.  See our October 21, 2010 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Toshiba Corp. of Japan, Toshiba America, Inc. of New York, New York, Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. of Wayne, New Jersey, and Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. of Irvine, California as respondents in this investigation.

Additionally, 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 ALJ E. James Gildea will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.