By Eric Schweibenz
On October 18, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Integrated Circuit Chips and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-859).

The investigation is based on a September 19, 2012 complaint and October 5, 2012 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Realtek Semiconductor Corporation of Taiwan alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain integrated circuit chips that include bond pad structures or level shifter circuitry and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,787,928 and 6,963,226.  See our September 20, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified LSI Corporation of Milpitas, California and Seagate Technology of Cupertino, California as the respondents in this investigation.

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

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