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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation on Certain Digital Set-Top Boxes

April 15, 2010
News Release 10-034
Inv. No. 337-TA-712
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation on Certain Digital Set-Top Boxes

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain digital set-top boxes. The products at issue in this investigation are used in the distribution of digital video and broadband services to users, as well as giving users the ability to engage in interactive services.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Verizon Communications Inc. of New York, NY, and Verizon Services Corp. of Arlington, VA, on March 16, 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 digital set-top boxes that infringe patents asserted by Verizon. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion orders and a cease and desist order.

The USITC has identified Cablevision Systems Corp., of Bethpage, NY, as the respondent in this investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-712), 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.

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