On April 9, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("Commission") issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Variable Valve Actuation Devices And Automobiles Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-954).

The investigation is based on a March 10, 2015 complaint filed by Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Inc. of Bloomfield, Connecticut alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain variable valve actuation ("VVA") devices and automobiles containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,829,397; 6,474,277; 6,883,492; 7,059,282; 8,776,738; and 8,820,276.  See our March 16, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified FCA US LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan; FCA México, S.A. de C.V. of Mexico; FCA Melfi S.p.A. of Italy; FCA Serbia d.o.o. Kragujevac of Serbia; and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. of the United Kingdom as the respondents.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.