On May 10, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Collapsible Sockets For Mobile Electronic Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1056).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 10, 2017 complaint filed by PopSockets LLC of Boulder, Colorado alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation of certain collapsible sockets for mobile electronic devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,560,031. See our April 14, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • Agomax Group Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Guangzhou Xi Xun Electronics Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen Chuanghui Industry Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen VVI Electronic Limited of China
  • Shenzhen Yright Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Hangzhou Hangkai Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen Kinsen Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen Enruize Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen Showerstar Industrial Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen Lamye Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Jiangmen Besnovo Electronics Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen Belking Electronic Co., ltd. of China
  • Yiwu Wentou Import & Export Co., Ltd. of China
  • Shenzhen CEX Electronic Co., Ltd. of China

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.