On September 21, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Photo Frames And Image Display Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-807).

The investigation is based on an August 24, 2011 complaint and a September 14, 2011 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Technology Properties Limited, LLC of Cupertino, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain digital photo frames and image display devices and components thereof that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,976,623, 7,162,549, 7,295,443, and 7,522,424.  See our August 26, 2011 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

  • Action Electronics Co., Ltd. of Taiwan
  • Aiptek International Inc. of Taiwan
  • Aluratek, Inc. of Tustin, California
  • Audiovox Corporation of Happauge, New York
  • CEIVA Logic, Inc. of Burbank, California
  • Circus World Displays Ltd. of Canada
  • Coby Electronics Corporation of Lake Success, New York
  • Curtis International, Ltd. of Canada
  • Digital Spectrum Solutions, Inc. of Irvine, California
  • Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, New York
  • Mustek Systems, Inc. of Taiwan
  • Nextar Inc. of La Verne, California
  • Pandigital of Dublin, California
  • Royal Consumer Information Products, Inc. of Somerset, New Jersey
  • Sony Corporation of Japan
  • Sony Corporation of America of New York, New York
  • Transcend Information, Inc. of Taiwan
  • ViewSonic Corporation of Walnut, California
  • Win Accord Ltd. of Taiwan
  • WinAccord U.S.A., Inc. of San Jose, California

In addition, acting Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.