By Eric Schweibenz
On November 23, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Including Monitors, Televisions, and Modules, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-749).

The investigation is based on an October 25, 2010 complaint filed by Thomson Licensing SAS of France and Thomson Licensing LLC of Princeton, New Jersey alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain LCD devices, modules and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 5,978,063, 5,621,556, and 5,375,006.  See our October 26, 2010 post for more details.

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

  • Qisda Corporation of Taiwan

  • Qisda America Corporation of Irvine, California

  • Qisda (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. of China

  • BenQ Corporation of Taiwan

  • BenQ America Corporation of Irvine, California

  • BenQ Latin America Corporation of Miami, Florida

  • AU Optronics Corporation of Taiwan

  • AU Optronics Corporation America of Houston, Texas

Further, Daniel L. Girdwood 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 Robert K. Rogers, Jr. will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.