By Eric Schweibenz
On May 11, 2012, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 40 in Certain Handheld Electronic Computing Devices, Related Software, And Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-769).

According to the Order, ALJ Essex granted a motion filed by Complainant Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) to terminate the investigation based on Microsoft’s withdrawal of allegations in its amended complaint against Inventec Corporation (“Inventec”).  More specifically, Microsoft argued that in light of its settlement with Respondents Barnes & Noble, Inc. and barnesandnobile.com, Microsoft’s claims against Inventec are moot.  The Commission Investigative Staff filed a response in support of Microsoft's motion.  Accordingly, ALJ Essex granted Microsoft’s motion.