By Eric Schweibenz
On August 29, 2014, ALJ E. James Gildea issued a notice of the Initial Determination ("ID") in Certain Silicon Microphone Packages and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-888).

By way of background, the Commission instituted this investigation on July 23, 2013 based on a complaint filed by Knowles Electronics, LLC ("Knowles") alleging a violation of Section 337 by Respondents GoerTek, Inc. and GoerTek Electronics, Inc. (collectively, "GoerTek") in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain silicon microphone packages and products containing the same that infringe, or that are made by a process that infringes, one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,439,616; 8,018,049; and 8,121,331 (collectively, the "asserted patents").  See our June 25, 2013 and July 24, 2013 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the notice, ALJ Gildea found a violation of Section 337 with respect to each of the asserted patents. Additionally, ALJ Gildea determined that a domestic industry exists that practices the asserted patents.

The notice of ID released by ALJ Gildea included only limited information. We will provide further information after the public version of the entire ID is issued.