By Eric Schweibenz
On March 2, 2012, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Semiconductor Chips and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-753).

By way of background, the Complainant in this investigation is Rambus, Inc. and the remaining Respondents are Audio Partnership PLC, Cisco Systems, Inc., NVIDIA Corporation, Mediatek, Inc., Oppo Digital, Inc., Asustek Computer Inc., Asus Computer International Inc., Biostar Microtech (U.S.A.) Corp., Biostar Microtech International Corp., Elitegroup Computer Systems, EVGA Corporation, Galaxy Micro Systems Ltd., Garmin International, G.B.T. Inc., Giga-byte Technology Co., Ltd., Gracom Technologies LLC, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Jaton Corporation, Jaton Technology TPE, Micro-Star International Co., Ltd., MSI Computer Corporation, Palit Microsystems Ltd., Pine Technology Holdings, Ltd., Sparkle Computer Co., Ltd., Nala Sales, Inc. f/k/a Zotac USA, Inc., Zotac International (MCO), Ltd., LSI Corporation, Seagate Technology, STMicroelectronics N.V., STMicroelecronics, Inc., and Motorola Mobility Inc.

According to the notice, ALJ Essex held that no violation of Section 337 occurred in connection with the importation into the U.S., sale for importation, or sale within the U.S. after importation of certain semiconductor chips and products containing same by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,470,405, 6,591,353, 7,287,109, 7,602,857, and 7,715,494.

The notice issued by ALJ Essex released only the information noted above.  We will provide additional information once the public version of the ID issues in its entirety.