On March 12, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("Commission") issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Audio Processing Hardware And Software and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-949).

The investigation is based on a February 6, 2015 complaint filed by Andrea Electronics Corp. of Bohemia, New York alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain audio processing hardware and software and products that infringe one or more claims of United States Patent Nos. 5,825,898; 6,483,923; 6,049,607; 6,363,345; and 6,377,637.  See our February 4, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

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

  • Acer Inc. of Taiwan
  • Acer America Corp. of San Jose, California
  • ASUSTeK Computer Inc. of Taiwan
  • ASUS Computer International of Fremont, California
  • Dell Inc. of Round Rock, Texas
  • Hewlett Packard Co. of Palo Alto, California
  • Lenovo Group Ltd. of China
  • Lenovo Holding Co., Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Lenovo (United States) Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Toshiba Corp. of Japan
  • Toshiba America, Inc. of New York, New York
  • Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. of Irvine, California
  • Realtek Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.