By Eric Schweibenz
On December 22, 2010, ALJ E. James Gildea issued a notice regarding the Final Initial Determination and Recommended Determination on Remedy and Bond (“ID”) in Certain Ceramic Capacitors and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-692).

By way of background, the Complainants in this investigation are Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Murata Electronics North America, Inc. (collectively, “Murata”).  The Respondents are Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electro-Mechanics America, Inc. (collectively, “Samsung”).

According to the notice, ALJ Gildea determined that no violation of Section 337 had occurred by Samsung in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain multi-layer ceramic capacitors by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,243,254 (the ‘254 patent); 6,014,309 (the ‘309 patent); and 6,266,229 (the ‘229 patent).

ALJ Gildea also determined that a domestic industry exists that practices the ‘254 patent and the ‘229 patent, but not the ‘309 patent.

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