On April 26, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain LTE Wireless Communication Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1051).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 17, 2017 complaint filed by LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea, LG Electronics Alabama, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 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 LTE wireless communication devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,916,714; 8,107,456; 9,191,173; 9,225,572; and 8,891,560. See our March 28, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified BLU Products, Inc. and CT Miami, LLC—both of Doral, Florida—as the respondents in this matter.

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