On July 23, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Silicon Microphone Packages and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-888).

The investigation is based on a June 21, 2013 complaint filed by Knowles Electronics, LLC of Itasca, Illinois alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain silicon microphone packages and products containing same that infringe, or that are made by a process that infringes, one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,439,616, 8,018,049, and 8,121,331.  See our June 25, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified GoerTek, Inc. of China and GoerTek Electronics, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California as the respondents in this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that E. James Gildea will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.