On January 29, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Computing Or Graphics Systems, Components Thereof, and Vehicles Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-984).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 28, 2015 complaint filed by Advanced Silicon Technologies LLC of Portsmouth, New Hampshire alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain computing or graphics systems, components thereof, and vehicles containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,339,428; 6,546,439; 6,630,935; and 8,933,945. See our December 29, 2015 post for more details on the complaint. 

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

  • Bayerische Motoren Werke AG of Germany
  • BMW of North America, LLC of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
  • BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC of Greer, South Carolina
  • Fujitsu Ten Limited of Japan
  • Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America, Inc. of Novi, Michigan
  • Harman International Industries Inc. of Stamford, Connecticut
  • Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc. of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH of Germany
  • Honda Motor Co., Ltd. of Japan
  • Honda North America, Inc. of Torrance, California
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc. of Torrance, California
  • Honda Engineering North America, Inc. of Marysville, Ohio
  • Honda of America Mfg., Inc. of Marysville, Ohio
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC of Lincoln, Alabama
  • Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC of Greensburg, Indiana
  • Honda R&D Americas, Inc. of Torrance, California
  • NVIDIA Corp. of Santa Clara, California
  • Renesas Electronics Corp. of Japan
  • Renesas Electronics America, Inc. of Santa Clara, California
  • Texas Instruments Inc. of Dallas, Texas
  • Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan
  • Toyota Motor North America, Inc. of New York, New York
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. of Torrance, California
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. of Erlanger, Kentucky
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. of Princeton, Indiana
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. of Georgetown, Kentucky
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. of Blue Springs, Mississippi
  • Volkswagen AG of Germany
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. of Herndon, Virginia
  • Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC of Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Audi AG of Germany
  • Audi of America, LLC of Herndon, Virginia

Lastly, Chief ALJ Bullock issued a notice indicating that Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.