On March 12, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Investigation (“NOI”) in Certain Audio Processing Hardware and Software and Products Containing Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-949 pursuant to a complaint filed by Andrea Electronics Corporation (“Andrea”). The NOI orders the ALJ to hold an early evidentiary hearing, find facts, and issue an Initial Determination (“ID”) within 100 days of institution as to whether Andrea has standing to assert each of the asserted patents. This is only the second time the Commission has ordered early disposition; the first instance was in June 2013 in Certain Products Having Laminated Packaging, Laminated Packaging, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-874, resulting in an ID finding insufficient domestic industry-economic prong. In a letter to the Commission pre-institution, Respondents Hewlett Packard and Dell requested that the Commission use the 100-day pilot program to analyze Andrea’s standing and domestic industry based primarily on statements in Andrea’s SEC filings indicating that Andrea does not hold all right, title, and interest in the asserted patents following assignment of substantial ownership interest in the patents to Fortress Investment Group, an investment management firm. Per the NOI, an early ID finding that complainant does not have standing pertaining to the asserted patents will stay the investigation unless the Commission orders otherwise, but any other decision shall not stay the investigation. The investigation has been assigned to ALJ Pender.