By Eric Schweibenz
On September 28, 2012, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 18 in Certain Integrated Circuits, Chipsets, and Products Containing Same Including Televisions (Inv. No. 337-TA-822). 

In the Order, ALJ Essex granted a motion filed by Respondents Zoran Corporation, MediaTek, Inc., VIZIO, Inc., Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo North America Corp., Sanyo Manufacturing Corp., TPV Technology Ltd., TPV International (USA) Inc., Top Victory Electronics (Taiwan) Co., Ltd., Top Victory Electronics (Fujian) Co., Ltd., Envision Peripherals, Inc., AmTran Technology Co., Ltd., and AmTran Logistics, Inc. (collectively, the “Respondents”) to terminate the investigation pursuant to 19 C.F.R. § 210.21(a).  The Commission Investigative Staff and Complainant Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (“Freescale”) filed responses indicating that they did not oppose the motion. 

According to the Order, Respondents argued that in light of the ITC’s decision in Inv. No. 337-TA-786 to affirm the ALJ’s finding that claims 9 and 10 of U.S. Patent No. 5,467,455 are invalid (see our September 17, 2012 post for more details), “no further proceedings are appropriate or necessary in this Investigation” since these claims are the only claims asserted in this investigation.  Freescale responded that it believed the ITC’s findings in the 786 investigation are in error, but agreed that the ITC’s findings related to the invalidity of the asserted claims of the ‘455 patent moot Freescale’s claims in this investigation.  Accordingly, ALJ Essex granted the Respondents’ motion.