On May 26, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Magnetic Tape Cartridges and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1058).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 28, 2017 complaint filed by Sony Corp. of Japan, Sony Storage Media Solutions Corp. of Japan, Sony Storage Media Manufacturing Corp. of Japan, Sony DADC US Inc. of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Sony Latin America Inc. of Miami, Florida 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 of certain magnetic tape cartridges and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,674,596; 6,979,501; and 7,029,774. See our May 4, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Fujifilm Holdings Corp. of Japan, Fujifilm Corp. of Japan, Fujifilm Media Manufacturing Co., Ltd. of Japan, Fujifilm Holdings America Corp. of Valhalla, New York, and Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. of Bedford, Massachusetts as the respondents in this matter.

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