On September 9, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Devices For Improving Uniformity Used In A Backlight Module and Components Thereof and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-805).

The investigation is based on an August 10, 2011 complaint and an August 22, 2011 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan and ITRI International Inc. of San Jose, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain devices for improving uniformity used in a backlight module and products containing same, including display devices, such as digital televisions and monitors and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,883,932.  See our August 11, 2011 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified LG Corporation of South Korea, LG Electronics, Inc. of South Korea, and LG Electronics, U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey as the respondents in this investigation.

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