On January 17, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Standard Cell Libraries, Products Containing Or Made Using The Same, Integrated Circuits Made Using The Same, And Products Containing Such Integrated Circuits (Inv. No. 337-TA-906).

The investigation is based on a December 23, 2013 complaint and a January 6, 2014 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Tela Innovations, Inc. of Los Gatos, California alleging violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain standard cell libraries, products containing or made using the same, integrated circuits made using the same, and products containing such integrated circuits that infringe U.S. Patent No. 8,490,043. See our December 31, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. of Taiwan and TSMC North America of San Jose, California as the respondents in this investigation.

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