On June 1, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain CMOS Image Sensors and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-846).

The investigation is based on a May 1, 2012 complaint filed on behalf of the California Institute of Technology of Pasadena, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain CMOS image sensors and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,841,126; 6,606,122; and 5,990,506.  See our May 4, 2012 post for more details.

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

  • STMicroelectronics NV of Switzerland

  • STMicroelectronics Inc. of Coppell, Texas

  • Nokia Corp. of Finland

  • Nokia, Inc. of White Plains, New York

  • Research in Motion Ltd. of Canada

  • Research in Motion Corp. of Irving, Texas

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