USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Touch-Controlled Mobile Devices, Computers, and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain touch-controlled mobile devices, computers, 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 Neodron Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland, on May 22, 2019.  An amended complaint was filed on May 23, 2019.  The complaint, as amended, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain touch-controlled mobile devices, computers, 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:

Amazon,com, Inc., of Seattle, WA;
Dell Technologies Inc. of Round Rock, TX;
HP Inc. of Palo Alto, CA;
Lenovo Group Ltd. of Beijing, China;
Lenovo (United States) Inc. of Morrisville, NC;
Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, WA;
Motorola Mobility LLC of Chicago, IL;
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., of Suwon, South Korea; and
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., of Ridgefield Park, NJ.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1162), 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. Read More →