On June 12, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Digital Media Devices, Including Televisions, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Home Theater Systems, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Components Thereof and Associated Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-882).

The investigation is based on a May 13, 2013 complaint filed by Black Hills Media, LLC of Wilmington, Delaware alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain digital media devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,028,323; 8,214,873; 8,230,099; 8,045,952; 8,050,652 and 6,618,593.  See our May 16, 2013 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 investigation:

  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of South Korea
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
  • Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC of Richardson, Texas
  • 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
  • Panasonic Corporation of Japan
  • Panasonic Corporation of North America of Secaucus, New Jersey
  • Toshiba Corporation of Japan
  • Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. of Irvine, California
  • Sharp Corporation of Japan
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation of Mahwah, New Jersey

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