On January 25, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Mobile Handset Devices and Related Touch Keyboard Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-864).

The investigation is based on a December 20, 2012 complaint filed by Nuance Communications, Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts — and an amended complaint filed on January 11, 2013 by Nuance Communications, Inc., Swype, Inc., Tegic Communications, Inc., and ZI Corporation of Canada, Inc., all of Burlington, Massachusetts — alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain mobile handset devices and related touch keyboard software that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,750,891; 7,453,439; 7,098,896; 7,075,520 and 6,286,064.  See our December 21, 2012 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following companies as the respondents in this investigation:

  • Shanghai HanXiang (Coo Tek) Information Technology Co., Ltd. of Shanghai, China
  • Personal Communications Devices, LLC of Hauppauge, New York

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Robert K. Rogers, Jr. will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.