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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation on Certain Video Displays and Products Containing Same

February 14, 2012
News Release 12-017
Inv. No. 337-TA-828
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation on Certain Video Displays and Products Containing Same

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain video displays and products using and containing same. The products at issue in this investigation are computer monitors and televisions.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Mondis Technology, Ltd., London, England, on January 13, 2012. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain video displays and products using and containing same that infringe patents asserted by Mondis. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Chimei Innolux Corporation of Taiwan; and
Innolux Corporation of Austin, TX.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-828), 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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