By Eric Schweibenz
On April 27, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Computers and Computer Peripheral Devices and Components Thereof and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-841).

The investigation is based on a March 27, 2012 complaint and April 11 and 16, 2012 letters supplementing the complaint filed by Technology Properties Limited LLC of Cupertino, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain computers and computer peripheral devices, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,976,623, 7,162,549, 7,295,443, 7,522,424, 6,438,638, and 7,719,847.  See our March 29, 2012 post for more details.

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

  • Acer Inc. of Taiwan

  • Brother Industries, Ltd. of Japan

  • Canon Inc. of Japan

  • Dane-Elec Memory of France

  • Dell Inc. of Round Rock, Texas

  • Falcon Northwest Computer Systems, Inc. of Medford, Oregon

  • Fujitsu Limited of Japan

  • Jasco Products Company of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Hewlett-Packard Company of Palo Alto, California

  • HiTi Digital, Inc. of Taiwan

  • Kingston Technology Company, Inc. of Fountain Valley, California

  • Micron Technology, Inc. of Boise, Idaho

  • Lexar Media, Inc. of Fremont, California

  • Microdia Limited of San Jose, California

  • Newegg Inc. of City of Industry, California

  • Rosewill Inc. of City of Industry, California

  • Sabrent of Chatsworth, California

  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of Korea

  • Seiko Epson Corporation of Japan

  • Shuttle Inc. of Taiwan

  • Systemax Inc. of Port Washington, New York

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