By Eric Schweibenz
On June 29, 2012, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice regarding the Initial Determination on Violation (“ID”) in Certain Protective Cases and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-780).

By way of background, the Complainant in this matter is Otter Products, LLC (“Otter”).  The following Respondents have defaulted in the investigation:  Anbess Electronics Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Evotech Industry Co., Ltd., Hoffco Brands, Inc. d/b/a Celltronix, Hong Kong HJJ Co., Ltd., Sinatech Industrial Co., Ltd., Suntel Global Investment Ltd., Trait Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Papaya Holdings Ltd., Quanyun Electronics Co., Ltd., Topter Technology Co., Ltd., Cellet Products, TheCaseSpace, MegaWatts, Hypercel Corporation d/b/a Naztech Technologies, Shenzhen Star & Way Trade Co., Ltd., SmileCase, TheCaseInpoint.com, and National Cellular (collectively, the “Defaulting Respondents”).  Griffin Technology, Inc. (“Griffin”) is another Respondent.

According to the notice, ALJ Essex determined that there has been a violation of Section 337 by the Defaulting Respondents in this investigation with respect to U.S. Patent Nos. D600,908; D617,784; D615,536; D617,785; D634,741; D636,386; and 7,933,122; and U.S. Trademark Registrations 3,788,534; 3,788,535; 3,623,789; and 3,795,187.  The ALJ also found that there has been a violation of Section 337 by Griffin with respect to the Griffin Survivor for the iPad 2 and the Griffin Explorer for the iPhone 4, but not with respect to Griffin’s other accused cases.

The notice issued by ALJ Essex released only the information noted above.  We will provide additional information after the public version of the ID issues in its entirety.