The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain semiconductor devices, products containing the same, and components thereof (I). The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Globalfoundaries U.S. Inc. of Santa Clara, CA, on August 26, 2019. 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, products containing the same, and components thereof (I) that 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:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd., of Hsinchu, Taiwan;
TSMC North America of San Jose, CA;
MediaTek lnc. of Hsinchu, Taiwan;
MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, CA;
Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, CA;
Xilinx, Inc., of San Jose, CA;
Avnet, Inc., of Phoenix, CA;
Digi-Key Corporation of Thief River Falls, MN;
Mouser Electronics, Inc., of Mansfield, TX;
TCL Corporation of Guangdong, China
TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China;
Hisense Co. Ltd. of Qingdao, China;
Hisense USA Corp. of Suwanee, GA;
Hisense Import & Export Co. Ltd. of Qingdao, China;
Hinsense Electric Co., Ltd., of Qingdao, China;
Hisense International Co., Ltd., of Qingdao, China;
Hisense Group Co., Ltd., of Qingdao, China;
Qingdao Hisense Communication Co., Ltd., of Qingdao, Shandong, China;
Google LLC of Mountain View, CA;
Motorola Mobility LLC of Chicago, IL;
BLU Products of Doral, FL; and
OnePlus Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1176), 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.