By Eric Schweibenz
On May 16, 2011, the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (“OUII”) issued a notice in Certain Digital Televisions and Components Thereof, and Certain Electronic Devices Having a Blu-Ray Disc Player and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-764).  According to the notice, OUII’s participation in this investigation will be limited to issues relating to U.S. Patent No. 7,701,835, 7,577,080, 7,619,961, and 7,756,398.  Thus, OUII will only participate on issues dealing with four of the eight asserted patents.

According to the notice, the supplement to the Strategic Human Capital Plan 2009-2013, issued by the Commission on January 18, 2011, mandated that on a trial basis, OUII will implement a number of alternative staffing approaches in Section 337 investigations.  “One such staffing approach is that OUII will participate in a ‘selective manner’ in certain investigations.”  For more details regarding OUII’s reduced role in Section 337 investiations, see our May 6, 2011 post.