On January 18, 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-1036).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 15, 2016 complaint filed by Sony Corp. of Japan, Sony Storage Media and Devices 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 certain magnetic tape cartridges and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of Sony’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,345,779; 6,896,959; 7,016,137; and 7,115,331. See our December 22, 2016 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 Holdings America Corp. of Valhalla, New York, and Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. of Bedford, Massachusetts as the respondents in this investigation.

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