The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain video processing devices, components thereof, and digital smart televisions containing the same. The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of institution of investigation.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by DivX, LLC, of San Diego, CA, on September 10, 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 video processing devices, components thereof, and digital smart televisions containing the same 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:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Rep. of Korea;
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., of Ridgefield Park, NJ;
Samsung Electronics HCMC CE Complex, Co., Ltd., of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
LG Electronics Inc. of Seoul, Rep. of Korea;
LG Electronics USA, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
TCL Corporation of Huizhou, Guangdong, China;
TCL Technology Group Corporation of Huizhou, Guangdong, China;
TCL Electronics Holdings Limited of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
TTE Technology, Inc., Corona, CA;
Shenzhen TCL New Technologies Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
TCL King Electrical Appliances (Huizhou) Co. Ltd. of Huizhou, Guangdong, China;
TCL MOKA International Limited of Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong;
TCL Smart Device (Vietnam) Co., Ltd., of Binh Duong Province, Vietnam;
MediaTek Inc. of Hsinchu City, Taiwan;
MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, CA;
MStar Semiconductor, Inc., of ChuPei City, Hsinchu Hsien, Taiwan; and
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. of Hsinchu, Taiwan.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1222), 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.