On April 6, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Semiconductor Devices And Consumer Audiovisual Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1047).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 7, 2017 complaint filed by Broadcom Corporation of Irvine, California 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 semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,284,844; 7,590,059; 8,068,171; 7,310,104; and 7,342,967. See our March 9, 2017 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • MediaTek Inc. of Taiwan
  • MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, California
  • MStar Semiconductor Inc. of Taiwan
  • Sigma Designs, Inc. of Fremont, California
  • LG Electronics Inc. of South Korea
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • Funai Electric Company, Ltd. of Japan
  • Funai Corporation, Inc. of Rutherford, New Jersey
  • P&F USA, Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Vizio, Inc. of Irvine, California

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.