By Eric Schweibenz
On March 25, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to institute an investigation of Certain Electronic Devices Having Image Capture Or Display Functionality And Components Thereof (337-TA-672).

The investigation is based on a March 10, 2009 complaint filed by LG Electronics, Inc. of Korea.  As explained in our February 24 post, the complaint alleges that Eastman Kodak Company imports into the U.S. (in addition to sale for importation into the U.S. and/or sale within the U.S. after importation) electronic devices having image capture or display functionality that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,995,767, 5,774,131, and 6,281,895.  According to the complaint, the ‘767 patent discloses “a method and apparatus for automatic focus controlling of a camera,” the ‘131 patent discloses “a sound generation and display control apparatus,” and the ‘895 patent discloses “an apparatus and method for implementing an on-screen display (OSD) menu for an image display device.”

On March 25, 2009, ALJ Luckern issued a notice indicating that ALJ Carl C. Charneski will handle this investigation. 

Also, according to the Notice of Investigation, Anne Goalwin of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.