The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain digital video receivers and hardware and software components thereof. The products at issue in the investigation are digital video receivers and the hardware and software components thereof, including, for example, interactive program guide software.
The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Rovi Corporation and Rovi Guides, Inc., both of San Carlos, CA, on April 6, 2016. An amended complaint was filed on April 25, 2016. The amended complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain digital video receivers and hardware and software components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainants. The complainants request that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.
The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:
Comcast Corporation of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC, of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Business Communications, LLC, of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Holdings Corporation of Philadelphia, PA;
Comcast Shared Services, LLC, of Chicago, IL;
Technicolor SA of Issy-les-Moulineaux, France;
Technicolor USA Inc. of Indianapolis, IN;
Technicolor Connected Home USA LLC of Indianapolis, IN;
Pace Ltd. of West Yorkshire, England;
Pace Americas LLC of Boca Raton, FL;
Arris International plc of Suwanee, GA;
Arris Group Inc. of Suwanee, GA;
Arris Technology, Inc., of Horsham, PA;
Arris Enterprises Inc. of Suwanee, GA; and
Arris Solutions, Inc., of Suwanee, GA.
By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1001), 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.