On June 7, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Consumer Electronic Devices, Including Televisions, Gaming Consoles, Mobile Phones and Tablets, and Network-Enabled DVD and Blu-Ray Players (Inv. No. 337-TA-1060).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 9, 2017 complaint filed by ARRIS Enterprises LLC of Suwanee, Georgia 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 consumer electronic devices, including televisions, gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets, and network-enabled DVD and Blu-Ray players that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,473,858; 6,934,148; 7,113,502; 7,752,564; 8,300,156; and 9,521,466. See our May 11, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Sony Corp. of Japan, Sony Corp. of America of New York, New York, Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, California, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc. of Japan, Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc. of San Mateo, California, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC of San Mateo, California, and Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC of San Mateo, California as the respondents in this matter.

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