On October 28, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Navigation Products, Components Thereof, and Related Software (Inv. No. 337-TA-810).

The investigation is based on a September 30, 2011 complaint filed by Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. of Japan and Furuno U.S.A., Inc. of Camas, Washington alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain navigation products, components thereof, and related software, including GPS devices, avionics navigation and display systems, weather radar systems, navigational aids, mapping systems, and avionics computers that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,084,565, 7,095,367, 7,089,094, and 7,161,561.  See our October 3, 2011 post for more details.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified Honeywell International Inc. of Morristown, New Jersey and its subsidiary Skyforce Avionics Ltd. of the United Kingdom 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.

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