By Eric Schweibenz
On March 4, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Televisions and Components Thereof, and Certain Electronic Devices Having a Blu-Ray Disc Player and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-764).

The investigation is based on a February 4, 2011 complaint filed by LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain digital televisions and components thereof, and certain electronic devices having a Blu-Ray disc player and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 6,785,906, RE 37,326, 5,533,071, 5,923,711, 7,701,835, 7,577,080, 7,619,961, and 7,756,398.  See our February 8, 2011 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Sony Corporation of Japan, Sony Corporation of America of New York, New York, Sony Electronics, Inc. of San Diego, California, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. of Japan, and Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC of Foster City, California 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 Charles E. Bullock will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.