On December 23, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("Commission") issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Graphics Processing Chips, Systems On A Chip, And Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-941).

The investigation is based on a November 21, 2014 complaint filed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea and Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC of Austin, Texas alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain graphics processing units, systems on a chip, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,147,385; 6,173,349; 7,056,776; and 7,804,734.  See our November 26, 2014 post for more details on the complaint. 

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

  • NVIDIA Corp. of Santa Clara, California
  • Biostar Microtech International Corp. of Taiwan
  • Biostar Microtech (U.S.A.) Corp. of City of Industry, California
  • Elitegroup Computer Systems Co. Ltd. of Taiwan
  • Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. of Newark, California
  • EVGA Corp. of Brea, California
  • Fuhu, Inc. of El Segundo, California
  • Jaton Corp. of Fremont, California
  • Mad Catz, Inc. of San Diego, California
  • OUYA, Inc. of Santa Monica, California
  • Sparkle Computer Co., Ltd. of Taiwan
  • Toradex, Inc. of Seattle, Washington
  • Wikipad, Inc. of Westlake Village, California
  • ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • ZOTAC USA, Inc. of Chino, California

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.