On January 15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain RF Capable Integrated Circuits and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-982).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 15, 2015 complaint filed by ParkerVision, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain radio frequency (“RF”) capable integrated circuits, including RF receivers, RF transmitters, RF transceivers, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,879,817; 7,929,638; 8,571,135; and 9,118,528.  See our December 15, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

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

  • Apple Inc. of Cupertino, California
  • LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. of San Diego, California
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Of South Korea
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
  • Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, California

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