On August 30, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a notice instituting a formal enforcement proceeding relating to consent orders issued in Certain DC-DC Controllers and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-698).

By way of background, Richtek Technology Corp. of Taiwan and Richtek USA, Inc. of San Jose, California (collectively, “Richtek”) filed an enforcement complaint on July 21, 2011, against uPI Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan (“uPI”) and Sapphire Technology Limited of Hong Kong (“Sapphire”) for alleged violations of consent orders that had been issued by the Commission on August 13, 2010.  See our July 25, 2011 post for more details.

In the August 30, 2011 notice, the Commission determined to “institute formal enforcement proceedings to determine whether uPI and/or Sapphire are in violation of the August 13, 2010 consent orders issued in the investigation, and what, if any, enforcement measures are appropriate.”  The Commission named (1) Richtek, (2) respondents uPI and Sapphire, and (3) the Office of Unfair Import Investigations as parties to the formal enforcement proceeding.