The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products containing same. The products at issue in the investigation are semiconductors and consumer audiovisual products containing those semiconductors, such as digital televisions (“DTVs”), set-top boxes, Blu-Ray disc players, DVD players/recorders, DTV/DVD combinations, DTV/Blu-Ray combinations, multimedia streaming players, home theater systems, and other similar audiovisual devices and systems.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Broadcom Corporation of Irvine, CA, on March 7, 2017. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products containing same that allegedly infringe patents asserted by the complainant. The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
MediaTek Inc. of Hsinchu City, Taiwan;
MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, CA;
MStar Semiconductor Inc. of ChuPei Hsinchu Hsien, Taiwan;
Sigma Designs, Inc., of Fremont, CA;
LG Electronics Inc. of Seoul, Republic of Korea;
LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
Funai Electric Company, Ltd., of Osaka, Japan;
Funai Corporation, Inc., of Rutherford, NJ;
P&F USA, Inc., of Alpharetta, GA; and
Vizio, Inc., of Irvine, CA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1047), 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 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.