The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain projectors with controlled-angle optical retarders, components thereof, and products containing same. The products at issue in this investigation are projectors that display ultra-high resolution images and that are used in various environments including offices, cinemas, and home theaters.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Compound Photonics Ltd. of the United Kingdom and Compound Photonics U.S. Corporation of Phoenix, AZ, on October 21, 2011. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain projectors with controlled-angle optical retarders, components thereof, and product containing the same that infringe a patent 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; and
Sony Electronics Inc., of San Diego, CA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-815), 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.