ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1295) in certain integrated circuit products

On January 26, 2022, the ITC issued a notice of investigation in Certain integrated circuit products and devices containing the same (Inv. no. 337-TA-1295).

As a reminder, this investigation is based on a complaint filed on December 29, 2021 by Future Link Systems, LLC of Santa Clara, California (“Future Link”) alleging violations of Section 337 by defendants Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. of Santa Clara, California; Apple, Inc. of Cupertino, California; Broadcom Inc. of San Jose, California; Broadcom Corp. from San Jose, California; Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, California; Qualcomm Technologies Inc. of San Diego, California; Amlogic Holdings Ltd. Cayman Islands; Amlogic (CA) Co., Inc. of Santa Clara, California; Realtek Semiconductor Corp. from Taiwan; Dell Technologies Inc. of Round Rock, TX; HP Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.; Acer Inc. of Taiwan; Acer America Corp. of San Jose, California; Lenovo Group Ltd. from China; Lenovo (USA) Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina; Motorola Mobility LLC of Chicago, Illinois; and Google LLC of Mountain View, California (collectively, the “Respondents”) in the unlawful importation/sale of certain integrated circuit products and devices containing them due to infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,685,439 and 8,099,614.

According to the complaint, the products at issue in this investigation include integrated circuits and devices containing such products, including processors, cell phones, tablets, personal computers and smart home devices that are commonly used by consumers. consumers in residential and commercial applications. Claimed patents generally relate to integrated circuits and their power-saving characteristics. Future Link asks the Commission to issue limited exclusion orders and permanent cease and desist orders against the Respondents. According to the Notice of Investigation, the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will participate as a party to the investigation. Finally, Acting Chief ALJ Clark S. Cheney issued a notice stating that ALJ Cameron R. Elliot will chair the inquiry.

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