By Eric Schweibenz
On April 18, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Consumer Electronics, Including Mobile Phones and Tablets (Inv. No. 337-TA-839).

The investigation is based on a March 13, 2012 complaint and a March 30, 2012 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Pragmatus AV, LLC of Alexandria, Virginia alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain consumer electronics, including mobile phones and tablets, that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,854,893, 6,237,025, 7,054,904, 7,185,054, and 7,206,809.  See our March 15, 2012 post for more details.

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

  • ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. of Taiwan

  • ASUS Computer International, Inc. of Fremont, California

  • 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

  • Pantech Co., Ltd. of South Korea

  • Pantech Wireless, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia

  • Research In Motion Ltd. of Canada

  • Research In Motion Corp. of Irving, Texas

  • 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

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that E. James Gildea will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.