On April 11, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Electronic Devices Having Placeshifting Or Display Replication Functionality and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-878).

The investigation is based on a March 12, 2013 complaint filed by Sling Media, Inc. of Foster City, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electronic devices having placeshifting or display replication functionality and products containing same that infringe one more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,877,776, 8,051,454, 8,060,909, 7,725,912, 8,266,657, and 8,365,236.  See our March 14, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Belkin International, Inc. of Playa Vista, California, Monsoon Multimedia, Inc. of San Mateo, California, and C2 Microsystems, Inc. of San Jose, California as the respondents in this investigation.  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 Thomas B. Pender will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.