May 31, 2012
News Release 12-060
Inv. No. 337-TA-845
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION
ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS CONTAINING INTERACTIVE PROGRAM GUIDE
AND PARENTAL CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain products containing interactive program guide and parental control technology. The products at issue in this investigation are televisions, media players, and software applications that include interactive programs guides or parental control technology in a specified format.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed on May 1, 2012, by Rovi Corporation; Rovi Guides, Inc.; Rovi Technologies Corporation; Starsight Telecast, Inc.; and United Video Properties, Inc., all of Santa Clara, CA and Index Systems, Inc. of the British Virgin Islands. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain products containing interactive program guide and parental control technology that infringe patents asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
LG Electronics, Inc., of the Republic of Korea;
LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. of Japan;
Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc., of Cypress, CA;
Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA, Inc., of Vernon Hills, IL;
Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc., of Irvine, CA;
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., of Irvine, CA;
Netflix, Inc., of Los Gatos, CA;
Roku, Inc., of Saratoga, CA; and
Vizio, Inc., of Irvine, CA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-845), 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.