June 1, 2012
News Release 12-061
Inv. No. 337-TA-846
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN CMOS IMAGE SENSORS AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain CMOS image sensors and products containing same. The products at issue in this investigation are CMOS image sensors and consumer electronics devices (such as camera phones) containing CMOS image sensors.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) of Pasadena, CA, on May 1, 2012. Letters supplementing the complaint were filed on May 21, 2012, and May 22, 2012. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain CMOS image sensors and products containing same that infringe patents asserted by Caltech. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
STMicroelectronics NV of Switzerland;
STMicroelectronics Inc. of Coppell, TX;
Nokia Corp. of Finland;
Nokia, Inc., of White Plains, NY;
Research In Motion Ltd. of Canada; and
Research In Motion Corp. of Irving, TX.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-846), 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 six 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.