By Eric Schweibenz
On May 18, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electronic Devices Having A Retractable USB Connector (Inv. No. 337-TA-843).

The investigation is based on an April 18, 2012 complaint filed by Anu IP LLC of Longview, Texas alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electronic devices having a retractable USB connector that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,979,210 and 7,090,515.  See our April 19, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

  • AIPTEK International, Inc. of Taiwan

  • Aluratek, Inc. of Tustin, California

  • Archos S.A. of France

  • Archos, Inc. of Greenwood Village, Colorado

  • Bluestar Alliance LLC of New York, New York

  • Centon Electronics, Inc. of Aliso Viejo, California

  • Coby Electronics Corporation of Lake Success, New York

  • Corsair Memory, Inc. of Fremont, California

  • Emtec Electronics, Inc. of Lew Center, Ohio

  • General Imaging Company of Torrance, California

  • Huawei Technology Company, Ltd. of China

  • Iriver, Inc. of Irvine, California

  • JVC Kenwood Corporation of Japan

  • JVC Americas Corporation of Wayne, New Jersey

  • Latte Communications, Inc. of San Jose, California

  • Lexar Media, Inc. of Fremont, California

  • Maxell Corporation of America, Inc. of Woodland Park, New Jersey

  • Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. of Japan

  • Office Depot, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida

  • Olympus Corporation of Japan

  • Olympus Corporation of the Americas of Center Valley, Pennsylvania

  • Option NV of Belgium

  • Option, Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia

  • Panasonic Corporation of Japan

  • Panasonic Corporation North America of Secaucus, New Jersey

  • Patriot Memory LLC of Fremont, California

  • Provantage LLC of North Canton, Ohio

  • RITEK Corporation of Taiwan

  • Advanced Media, Inc. dba RITEK U.S.A. of Diamond Bar, California

  • Sakar International, Inc. of Edison, New Jersey

  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea

  • Samsung Electronics America of Ridgefield, New Jersey

  • Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan

  • Sanyo North America Corporation of San Diego, California

  • Silicon Power Computer and Comm., Inc. of Taiwan

  • Silicon Power Computer and Comm. USA, Inc. of Cupertino, California

  • Supersonic, Inc. of Commerce, California

  • Super Talent Technology Corporation of San Jose, California

  • Toshiba Corporation of Japan

  • Toshiba America, Inc. of New York, New York

  • ViewSonic Corporation of Walnut, California

  • VOXX International Corporation of Hauppauge, New York

  • Audiovox Accessories Corporation of Carmel, Indiana

  • Yamaha Corporation of Japan

  • Yamaha Corporation of America of Buena Park, California