On June 20, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Semiconductor Devices, Semiconductor Device Packages, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1010).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 23, 2016 complaint filed by Tessera Technologies, Inc., Tessera, Inc., and Invensas Corp.—all of San Jose, California 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 certain semiconductor devices, semiconductor device packages, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,856,007; 6,849,946; and 6,133,136. See our May 24, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • Broadcom Limited of Singapore
  • Broadcom Corp. of Irvine, California
  • Avago Technologies Limited of Singapore
  • Avago Technologies U.S. Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Arista Networks, Inc. of Santa Clara, California
  • ARRIS International plc of Suwanee, Georgia
  • ARRIS Group, Inc. of Suwanee, Georgia
  • ARRIS Technology, Inc. of Horsham, Pennsylvania
  • ARRIS Enterprises LLC of Suwanee, Georgia
  • ARRIS Solutions, Inc. of Suwanee, Georgia
  • Pace Ltd. (formerly Pace plc) of England
  • Pace Americas, LLC of Boca Raton, Florida
  • Pace USA, LLC of Boca Raton, Florida
  • ASUSTeK Computer Inc. of Taiwan
  • ASUS Computer International of Fremont, California
  • Comcast Cable Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Comcast Business Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • HTC Corp. of Taiwan
  • HTC America, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington
  • NETGEAR, Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Technicolor S.A. of France
  • Technicolor USA, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Technicolor Connected Home USA LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not be a party to this investigation.

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