On September 2, 2014, the International Trade Commission ("Commission") issued a notice in Certain Optical Disc Drives, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-897) terminating Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (collectively, "Samsung") from the investigation based on a settlement agreement.
By way of background, the investigation in this case is based on a September 3, 2013 complaint filed by Optical Devices, LLC ("Optical") alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain optical disc drives, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,904,007; 7,196,979; 8,416,651; RE40,927; RE42,913; and RE43,681. Seeour September 6, 2013 and October 23, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to the notice, Optical and Samsung filed a joint motion to terminate the investigation before the Commission based on a settlement agreement. The Commission determined to grant the motion, noting that it complied with the requirements of Section 210.21(b) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, and noting that it found no evidence that termination would prejudice the public interest or that the settlement will adversely impact the public health and welfare.