By Eric Schweibenz
On October 25, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Optoelectronic Devices For Fiber Optic Communications, Components Thereof, and Products Containing The Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-860).

The investigation is based on a September 25, 2012 complaint and letters supplementing the complaint filed by Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, and Avago Technologies U.S. Inc. of San Jose, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain optoelectronic devices for fiber optic communications, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,947,456 and 5,596,595.  See our September 26, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified IPtronics A/S of Denmark and IPtronics Inc. of Menlo Park, California, FCI USA, LLC of Etters, Pennsylvania, FCI Deutschland GmbH of Germany, and FCI SA of France, and Mellanox Technologies, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. of Israel as the respondents in this investigation.

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