On April 21, 2015, Synaptics Inc. of San Jose, California ("Synaptics") filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.
The complaint alleges that Shenzhen Huiding Technology Co., Ltd. a/k/a Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd. of China, Goodix Technology Inc. of San Diego, California, and BLU Products, Inc. of Doral, Florida (collectively, the "Proposed Respondents") unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and/or sell within the U.S. after importation certain touchscreen controllers and products containing the same, e.g., smart phones, that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,868,874 (the '874 patent), 8,338,724 (the '724 patent), 8,558,811 (the '811 patent), and 8,952,916 (the '916 patent) (collectively, the "asserted patents").
According to the complaint, the asserted patents generally relate to the field of touch sensing, including by touchscreen controllers, with a particular focus on detecting a position-based attribute of one or more fingers, styluses, or other objects using digital codes.
In the complaint, Synaptics states that the Proposed Respondents import and sell products that infringe the asserted patents. The complaint specifically refers to certain Goodix controllers (e.g., the GT915 touchscreen controller) and certain BLU products incorporating such Goodix controllers as infringing products.
Regarding domestic industry, Synaptics states that it has incorporated the technology of the asserted patents into a number of its touchscreen controller products sold in the U.S. In the complaint, Synaptics primarily relies on a confidential declaration to support its contentions regarding domestic industry. However, Synaptics notes that it sells touchscreen controllers to customers who integrate such controllers into their products (e.g., smart phones), and that it provides its customers with technical and engineering support regarding such controllers.
As to related litigation, Synaptics states that on April 17, 2015, it filed a complaint against the Proposed Respondents in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging infringement of the asserted patents.
With respect to potential remedy, Synaptics requests that the Commission issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order directed at the domestic Proposed Respondents and related entities.