USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Digital Video Receivers and Related Hardware and Software

March 13, 2018
News Release 18-030
Inv. No. 337-TA-1103
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Digital Video Receivers and Related Hardware and Software

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain digital video receivers and related hardware and software components.  The products at issue in the investigation are digital video receivers (also known as digital set-top boxes) and their associated hardware and software components, including, for example, interactive program guide software and remote control units.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Rovi Corporation, Rovi Guides, Inc., and Rovi Technologies Corporation, all of San Jose, CA, and Veveo, Inc., of Andover, MA, on February 8, 2018.  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 video receivers and related hardware and software components that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.  The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

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

Comcast Corporation of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Business Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Holdings Corporation of Philadelphia, PA; and
Comcast Shared Services, LLC of Chicago, IL.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1103), 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.

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