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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Streaming Players, Televisions, Set Top Boxes, Remote Controllers, and Components Thereof

May 18, 2020
News Release 20-046
Inv. No. 337-TA-1200
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Streaming Players, Televisions, Set Top Boxes, Remote Controllers, and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain electronic devices, including streaming players, televisions, set top boxes, remote controllers, and components thereof.  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 Universal Electronics, Inc., of Scottsdale, AZ, on April 16, 2020.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electronic devices, including streaming players, televisions, set top boxes, remote controllers, and components thereof 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:

Roku Inc. of Los Gatos, CA;
TCL Electronics Holdings Limited, f/k/a TCL Multimedia Holdings Limited of Hong Kong;
Shenzhen TCL New Technology Company Limited of Shenzhen, China;
TCL King Electrical Appliances (Huizhou) Company Limited of Huizhou, China;
TTE Technology Inc. d/b/a/ TCL USA and TCL North America of Corona, CA;
TCL Corp. of Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, China;
TCL Moka, Int’l Ltd. of Hong Kong;
TCL Overseas Marketing Ltd. of Hong Kong;
TCL Industries Holdings Co., Ltd., of Hong Kong;
TCL Smart Device (Vietnam) Company, Ltd., of Tan Binh Commune, Bac Tan Uyen District, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam;
Hisense Co. Ltd. of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China;
Hisense Electronics Manufacturing Company of America Corporation d/b/a Hisense USA of Suwanee, GA;
Hisense Import & Export Co. Ltd. of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China;
Qingdao Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China;
Hisense International (HK) Co., Ltd., of Sheng Wan, Hong Kong (SAR);
Funai Electric Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan;
Funai Corporation Inc. of Rutherford, NJ; and
Funai (Thailand) Co., Ltd., of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1200), 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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