On May 23, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Video Receivers and Hardware and Software Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1001).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 6, 2016 complaint filed by Rovi Corp. and Rovi Guides, Inc.—both of San Carlos, California—alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain digital video receivers and hardware and software components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,006,263; 8,578,413; 8,046,801; 8,621,512; 8,768,147; and 8,566,871. See our April 6, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • Comcast Corp. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Cable Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Business Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Holdings Corp. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Shared Services, LLC of Chicago, Illinois
  • Technicolor SA of France
  • Technicolor Connected Home USA LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Pace Ltd. of England
  • Pace Americas, LLC of Boca Raton, Florida
  • Arris International plc of Suwanee, Georgia
  • Arris Group Inc. of Suwanee, Georgia
  • Arris Technology, Inc. of Horsham, Pennsylvania
  • Arris Enterprises Inc. of Suwanee, Georgia
  • Arris Solutions, Inc. of Suwanee, Georgia

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party to this investigation.

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