On January 7, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) Products and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-979).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 4, 2015 complaint filed by Neology, Inc. of Poway, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain radio frequency identification (“RFID”) products and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,325,044; 8,587,436; and 7,119,664.  See our December 4, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS, Inc., Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Holding Corp., Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Technologies, Kapsch TrafficCom U.S. Corp., and Kapsch TrafficCom Holding Corp.—all of McLean, Virginia—and Kapsch TrafficCom Canada, Inc. of Canada, Star Systems International, Ltd. of Hong Kong, and STAR RFID Co., Ltd. of Thailand as the respondents.

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