On August 27, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Noise Cancelling Headphones And Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-927).

The investigation is based on a July 25, 2014 complaint filed by Bose Corp. of Framingham, Massachusetts alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain noise cancelling headphones and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,717,537; 8,073,150; 8,073,151; 8,054,992; and 8,345,888.  See our July 30, 2014 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Beats Electronics, LLC of Culver City, California, Beats Electronics International Ltd. of Ireland, Fugang Electronic (Dong Guan) Co., Ltd. of China, and PCH International Ltd. of Ireland 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.