On August 31, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory and NAND Flash Memory Devices and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-803).

The investigation is based on a July 12, 2011 complaint filed on behalf of Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC, Invention Investment Fund I, L.P., Invention Investment Fund II, LLC, Intellectual Ventures I LLC, and Intellectual Ventures II LLC (collectively, “Intellectual Ventures”), all of Bellevue, Washington. The July 12, 2011 complaint was supplemented by a letter filed August 1, 2011, an amended complaint filed August 12, 2005, and a further supplemental letter filed August 25, 2011.  The complaint and supplemental papers allege violation of Section 337 through the unlawful import into the U.S., sale for importation, and/or sale within the U.S. after importation of certain dynamic random access memory and NAND Flash memory devices and products containing such memory devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,654,932; 5,963,481; 5,982,696; 5,500,819; and 5,687,132.  See our July 13, 2011 post for more details.

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

  • Hynix Semiconductor Inc. of South Korea
  • Hynix Semiconductor America, Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Elpida Memory, Inc. of Japan
  • Elpida Memory (USA) Inc. of Sunnyvale, California
  • Acer Inc. of Taiwan
  • Acer America Corp. of San Jose, California
  • ADATA Technology Co., Ltd. of Taiwan
  • ADATA Technology (U.S.A.) Co., Ltd. of Hacienda Heights, California
  • Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan
  • Asus Computer International Inc. of Fremont, California
  • Dell, Inc. of Round Rock, Texas
  • Hewlett-Packard Company of Palo Alto, California
  • Kingston Technology Co., Inc. of Fountain Valley, California
  • Logitech International S.A. of Switzerland
  • Logitech, Inc. of Fremont, California
  • Pantech Co., Ltd. of South Korea
  • Pantech Wireless, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Best Buy Co., Inc. of Richfield, Minnesota
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. of Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Nanya Technology Corporation of Taiwan
  • Nanya Technology Corporation, USA of Santa Clara, California

 In addition, acting Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that E. James Gildea will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.