ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN VIDEO CASSETTE DEVICES
AND TELEVISION/VIDEO CASSETTE DEVICE COMBINATIONS
AND METHODS OF USING SAME
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain video cassette devices and television/video cassette device combinations and methods of using same. The products at issue in this investigation are video cassette recorders (VCR), which allow for the viewing of a video cassette on a standard television, and TV/VCR combinations, which contain a built-in VCR.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Funai Electric Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan, on August 10, 2001, and supplemented on August 31 and September 5, 2001. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain video cassette devices and television/video cassette device combinations that infringe four U.S. patents owned by Funai. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.
The ITC has identified the following companies as respondents in this investigation:
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-464), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Sidney Harris, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Harris 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 President of the United States within that 60-day period.