By Eric Schweibenz
On June 20, 2019, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Light-Emitting Diode Products, Systems, and Components (Inv. No. 337-TA-1163).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a April 30, 2019 complaint filed by Lighting Science Group Corporation of West Warwick, Rhode Island, Healthe, Inc. of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and Global Value Lighting, LLC of West Warwick, Rhode Island alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain electronic nicotine delivery systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,098,483, 7,095,053, 7,528,421, 8,506,118, 8,674,608, 8,201,968, 8,967,844, and 8,672,518.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following as the respondents:

  • Nichia Corp. of Japan
  • Nichia America Corp. of Torrance, California
  • Cree, Inc. of Durham, North Carolina
  • Cree Hong Kong, Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Cree Huizhou Solid State Lighting Co., Ltd. of China
  • OSRAM GmbH of Germany
  • OSRAM Licht AG of Germany
  • OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH of Germany
  • OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California
  • Lumileds Holding B.V. of the Netherlands
  • Lumileds, LLC of San Jose, California
  • Signify N.V. (Philips Lighting N.V.) of the Netherlands
  • Signify North America Corp. (Philips Lighting North America Corp.) of Somerset, New Jersey
  • MLS Co., Ltd. of China
  • LEDVANCE GmbH of Germany
  • LEDVANCE, LLC of Wilmington, Massachusetts
  • General Electric Co. of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Consumer Lighting, LLC (“GE Lighting”) of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Current Lighting Solutions, LLC of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Acuity Brands, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. of Conyers, Georgia
  • Leedarson Lighting Co., Ltd. of China
  • Leedarson America, Inc. of Smyrna, Georgia

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

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Clark S. Cheney will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.