On January 9, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Liquid Crystal eWriters and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1035).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 8, 2016 complaint filed by Kent Displays, Inc. of Kent, Ohio 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 liquid crystal eWriters and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 7,351,506 and 8,947,604. See our December 13, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Shenzhen Howshow Technology Co., Ltd. d/b/a Shenzhen Howshare Technology Co., Ltd. d/b/a Howshare of China and Shenzhen SUNstone Technology Co., Ltd. d/b/a iQbe of China as the respondents in this investigation. The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Commission Investigative Staff (“OUII”) will not participate as a party in this investigation.

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