On July 9, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Devices, Including Downscan And Sidescan Devices, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-921).

The investigation is based on a June 9, 2014 complaint filed by Navico, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Navico Holding AS of Norway alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain marine sonar imaging devices, including downscan and sidescan devices, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,305,840; 8,300,499; and 8,605,550.  See our June 10, 2014 post for more details on the complaint.   

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Garmin International, Inc., Garmin North America, Inc., and Garmin USA, Inc.—all of Olathe, Kansas—and Garmin (Asia) Corp. of Taiwan as the respondents in this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.