On August 21, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Wireless Consumer Electronics Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-8532).

The investigation is based on a July 24, 2012 complaint filed by Technology Properties Limited LLC and Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC, both of Cupertino, California, and Patriot Scientific Corporation of Carlsbad, California (collectively, the “Complainants”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain wireless consumer electronics devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,809,336.  See our July 26, 2012 post for more details.

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

  • Acer Inc. of Taiwan
  • Acer America Corporation of San Jose, California
  • Amazon.com, Inc. of Seattle, Washington
  • Barnes & Noble, Inc. of New York, New York
  • Garmin Ltd. of Switzerland • Garmin International, Inc. of Olathe, Kansas
  • Garmin USA, Inc. of Olathe, Kansas
  • HTC Corporation of Taiwan
  • HTC America of Bellevue, Washington
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. of China
  • Huawei North America of Plano, Texas
  • Kyocera Corporation of Japan
  • Kyocera Communications, Inc. of San Diego, California
  • LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Japan
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. of Redmond, Washington
  • Novatel Wireless, Inc. of San Diego, California
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
  • Sierra Wireless, Inc. of Canada
  • Sierra Wireless America, Inc. of Carlsbad, California
  • ZTE Corporation of China
  • ZTE (USA) Inc. of Richardson, Texas

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