January 22, 2008
News Release 08-009
Inv. No. 337-TA-631
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICES AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING THE SAME

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain liquid crystal display devices and products containing the same. The products at issue in this investigation are liquid crystal display ("LCD") devices and products including LCD devices, such as LCD televisions, notebook computers, and cellular telephones.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., of Korea on December 21, 2007. A supplement to the complaint was filed on December 28, 2007. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain liquid crystal display devices and products containing the same that allegedly infringe patents owned by Samsung. The complainant requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Sharp Corporation of Japan;
Sharp Electronics Corporation of Mahwah, NJ; and
Sharp Electronics Manufacturing Company of America, Inc., of San Diego, CA.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-631), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Paul J. Luckern, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Luckern 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 ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC 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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