On March 31, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Earpiece Devices Having Positioning And Retaining Structure and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-912).
The investigation is based on a February 26, 2014 complaint filed by Bose Corp. of Framingham, Massachusetts alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain lithium silicate materials and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,311,253. See our February 27, 2014 post for more details.
According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Monster, Inc. of Brisbane, California, Monster, LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Monster Technology International, Ltd. of Ireland as the respondents in this investigation. 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 Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.