On March 17, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Graphics Systems, Components Thereof and Consumer Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1044).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a January 24, 2017 complaint filed by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California and ATI Technologies ULC of Canada 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 graphics systems, components thereof, and consumer products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,633,506; 7,796,133; and 8,760,454. See our January 27, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. of San Diego, California
  • VIZIO, Inc. of Irvine, California
  • MediaTek Inc. of Taiwan
  • MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Sigma Designs, Inc. of Fremont, California

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