On May 31, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Control Technology (Inv. No. 337-TA-845).

The investigation is based on a May 1, 2012 complaint filed by Rovi Corporation; Rovi Guides, Inc.; Rovi Technologies Corporation; Starsight Telecast, Inc.; and United Video Properties, Inc., all of Santa Clara, CA and Index Systems, Inc. of the British Virgin Islands alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain products containing interactive program guide and parental control technology that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,701,523; 6,898,762; 7,065,709; 7,103,906; 7,225,455; 7,493,643; and 8,112,776.  See our May 3, 2012 post for more details.

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

  • LG Electronics, Inc., of the Republic of Korea;

  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp. of Japan;

  • Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc., of Cypress, CA;

  • Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA, Inc., of Vernon Hills, IL;

  • Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc., of Irvine, CA;

  • Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., of Irvine, CA;

  • Netflix, Inc., of Los Gatos, CA;

  • Roku, Inc., of Saratoga, CA; and

  • Vizio, Inc., of Irvine, CA.

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.

Additionally, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Robert K. Rogers, Jr. will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.