May 23, 2002
News Release 02-042
Inv. No. 337-TA-472


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain semiconductor devices and products containing same. The semiconductor devices at issue in this investigation include dynamic random access memory chips (DRAMs), synchronous DRAMs, alpha microprocessors, multichip packages (MCPs), graphic memories and flash memory devices, which are used in products such as computers, personal digital assistants, camcorders, digital audio players, printers, and digital cameras.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Toshiba Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, on April 22, 2002, and supplemented on May 8, 2002. 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 semiconductor devices and products containing same that infringe U.S. patents owned by Toshiba Corporation. The complainant requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.

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

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-472), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Delbert R. Terrill, Jr., an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Terrill 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.

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