The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain computing or graphic systems, components thereof, and vehicles containing same. The products at issue in the investigation include semiconductor chips that provide graphics functionality found in certain vehicle computing systems, navigation systems with such semiconductor chips, and vehicles that contain certain types of computing or graphic systems.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Advanced Silicon Technologies LLC of Portsmouth, NH, on December 28, 2015. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain computing or graphics systems, components thereof, and vehicles containing same that infringe patents asserted by the complainant. The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG of Munich, Germany;
BMW of North America, LLC, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ;
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, of Greer, SC;
Fujitsu Ten Limited of Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan;
Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America, Inc., of Novi, MI;
Harman International Industries Incorporated of Stamford, CT;
Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc., of Farmington Hills, MI;
Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH of Karlsbad, Germany;
Honda Motor Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan;
Honda North America, Inc., of Torrance, CA;
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., of Torrance, CA;
Honda Engineering North America, Inc., of Marysville, OH;
Honda of America Mfg., Inc., of Marysville, OH;
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, of Lincoln, AL;
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, of Greensburg, IN;
Honda R&D Americas, Inc., of Torrance, CA;
NVIDIA Corporation of Santa Clara, CA;
Renesas Electronics Corporation of Tokyo, Japan;
Renesas Electronics America, Inc., of Santa Clara, CA;
Texas Instruments Incorporated of Dallas, TX;
Toyota Motor Corporation of Toyota-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan;
Toyota Motor North America, Inc., of New York, NY;
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., of Torrance, CA;
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., of Erlanger, KY;
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc., of Princeton, IN;
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., of Georgetown, KY;
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc., of Blue Springs, MS;
Volkswagen AG of Wolfsburg, Germany;
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., of Herndon, VA;
Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC, of Chattanooga, TN;
Audi AG of Inglostadt, Germany; and
Audi of America, LLC, of Herndon, VA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-984), 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 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.