April 26, 2010
News Release 10-040
Inv. No. 337-TA-714
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN ELECTRONIC DEVICES
WITH MULTI-TOUCH ENABLED TOUCHPADS AND TOUCHSCREENS
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain electronic devices with multi-touch enabled touchpads and touchscreens. The products at issue in this investigation are electronic devices such as mobile telephones and computers that have multi-touch user interfaces.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Elan Microelectronics Corporation of Taiwan on March 29, 2010. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electronic devices with multi-touch enabled touchpads and touchscreens that infringe a patent asserted by Elan. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The USITC has identified Apple Inc. of Cupertino, CA, as the respondent in this investigation.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-714), 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.