By John Presper
On November 30, 2012, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 18 in Certain Computing Devices With Associated Instruction Sets and Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-812).

According to the Order, ALJ Pender granted a joint motion filed by Complainants VIA Technologies, Inc., IP-First, LLC and Centaur Technology, Inc. (collectively, “VIA”) and Respondent Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) to terminate the investigation as to Apple based on a settlement agreement.  As required by Commission Rule 210.50(b)(2), ALJ Pender determined that the settlement agreement between VIA and Apple did not “impose any undue burdens on the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the United States economy, the production of like or directly competitive articles in the United States, and United States consumers.”

Accordingly, ALJ Pender granted the motion and terminated the investigation in its entirety.