On January 18, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Graphics Processors, DDR Memory Controllers, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1037).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 16, 2016 complaint filed by ZiiLabs Inc., Ltd. of Bermuda 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 graphics processors, DDR memory controllers, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,677,952; 6,950,350; 7,518,616; and 8,643,659. See our December 23, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California
  • Lenovo Group Ltd. of China
  • Lenovo Holding Co., Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Lenovo (United States) Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina
  • LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. of San Diego, California
  • MediaTek, Inc. of Taiwan
  • MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Motorola Mobility LLC of Libertyville, Illinois
  • Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, California
  • Sony Corp. of Japan
  • Sony Corp. of America of New York, New York
  • Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, California
  • Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. of San Mateo, California
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. of Japan
  • Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC of San Mateo, California

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that David P. Shaw will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.