September 22, 2010
News Release 10-107
Inv. No. 337-TA-737
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICES
AND PRODUCTS INTEROPERABLE WITH THE SAME
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain liquid crystal display devices and products interoperable with the same. The products at issue in this investigation include LCD televisions, LCD computer monitors and notebook computers with LCD displays, digital cameras with LCD displays, and video gaming consoles.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Chimei-Innolux Corporation of Taiwan, Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA, Inc., of San Jose, CA, and Innolux Corporation of Austin, TX, on August 23, 2010. Complainants filed letters supplementing the Complaint on September 2 and 10, 2010. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain liquid crystal display devices and products interoperable with the same, that infringe patents asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Sony Corporation of Japan;
Sony Corporation of America of New York, NY;
Sony Electronics Corporation of San Diego, CA; and
Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC of Foster City, CA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-737), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC's six administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.
The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.