By Eric Schweibenz
On April 5, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Consumer Electronics and Display Devices and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-836).

The investigation is based on a March 6, 2012 complaint filed by Graphics Properties Holdings, Inc. of New Rochelle, New York alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain consumer electronics and display devices and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,650,327, 6,816,145, and 5,717,881.  See our March 7, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

  • Research In Motion Ltd. of Canada

  • Research In Motion Corp. of Irving, Texas

  • HTC Corporation of Taiwan

  • HTC America, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington

  • LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea

  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

  • LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. of San Diego, California

  • Apple Inc. of Cupertino, California (“Apple”)

  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea

  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

  • Samsung Telecommunications America, L.L.C. of Richardson, Texas

  • Sony Corporation of Japan

  • Sony Corporation of America of New York, New York

  • Sony Electronics, Inc. of San Diego, California

  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB of Sweden

  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia

Additionally, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.