On September 4, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Flash Memory Chips and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-893).

The investigation is based on an August 1, 2013 complaint filed by Spansion LLC of Sunnyvale, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain flash memory chips and downstream products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,369,416; 6,900,124; 7,018,922; 6,459,625; 7,151,027; and 6,731,536.  See our August 5, 2013 post for more details on the complaint.

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

  • Macronix International Co., Ltd. of Taiwan
  • Macronix America, Inc. of Milpitas, California
  • Macronix Asia Limited of Kanagawa, Japan
  • Macronix (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong
  • Acer Inc. of Taiwan
  • Acer America Corporation of San Jose, California
  • ASUSTek Computer Inc. of Taiwan
  • Asus Computer International (America) of Fremont, California
  • Belkin International, Inc. of Playa Vista, California
  • D-Link Corporation of Taiwan
  • D-Link System, Inc. of Fountain Valley, California
  • Netgear Inc. of San Jose, California
  • Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Japan
  • Nintendo of America, Inc. of Redmond, Washington

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