On August 15, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Systems, Products Containing The Same, And Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-926).

The investigation is based on a July 18, 2014 complaint and a July 25, 2014 letter supplementing the complaint filed by Johnson Outdoors Inc. of Racine, Wisconsin and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. of Eufaula, Alabama alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain marine sonar imaging systems, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,652,952; 7,710,825; and 7,755,974.  See our July 23, 2014 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified Garmin International, Inc., Garmin North America, Inc., and Garmin USA, Inc.—all of Olathe, Kansas—and Garmin Corp. of Taiwan 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 Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.