By Eric Schweibenz
On November 28, 2011, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 23 in Certain Handheld Electronic Computing Devices, Related Software, And Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-769).

According to the Order, ALJ Essex granted a joint motion filed by Complainant Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) and Respondents Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Foxconn Electronics, Inc., Foxconn Precision Component (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., and Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. (collectively “Foxconn/Hon Hai”) to terminate the investigation based on Microsoft’s withdrawal of allegations in its complaint against Foxconn/Hon Hai.  More specifically, the Order indicates that Foxconn/Hon Hai “are not currently involved in the manufacture or final assembly (including the loading of software) for importation, sale for importation, importation or sale after importation into the United States of any of the accused Barnes and Noble Nook Products.”  Accordingly, for good cause shown, ALJ Essex granted the joint motion filed by Microsoft and Foxconn/Hon Hai.  The investigation remains pending against other respondents.