USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Modular LED Display Panels and Components Thereof

May 24, 2018
News Release 18-061
Inv. No. 337-TA-1114
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Modular LED Display Panels and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain modular LED display panels and components thereof.  The products at issue in the investigation include modular LED display panels that are cabinet-free, waterproof, and designed to be easily and quickly integrated into a larger LED display.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Ultravision Technologies, LLC, of Dallas, TX, on March 27, 2018.  An amended complaint was filed on April 16, 2018.  The complaint, as amended, alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain modular LED display panels and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainant.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a general exclusion order, or in the alternative a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.

The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Absen, Inc., of Orlando, FL;
Shenzhen AOTO Electronic Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
AOTO Electronics (US) LLC of Irvine, CA;
Barco NV of Kortrijk, Belgium;
Barco Inc. of Duluth, GA;
Cirrus Systems, Inc., of Saco, ME;
CreateLED Electronics Co. Ltd. of Guangdong Province, Shenzhen, China;
CreateLED USA LLC of Las Vegas, NV;
digiLED (UK) Limited, formerly displayLED (HK) Limited of Surrey, United Kingdom;
Elation Lighting, Inc., d/b/a Elation Professional, of Los Angeles, CA;
General Link International Corporation Inc. of Industry, CA;
GLIC LED Displays Inc. of Industry, CA;
Glux Visual Effects Tech (Shenzhen) Co. of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China;
LEDman Optoelectronics Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Shenzhen Liantronics Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen, China;
Liantronics, LLC, of Fremont, CA;
Lighthouse Technologies (Hong Kong) Limited of Hong Kong;
Shenzhen Mary Photoelectricity Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China;
MRLED Inc. of Walnut, CA;
Prismaflex International France S.A. of Haute-Rivoire, France;
Prismaflex USA, Inc., of Elizabethtown, NC;
Rocketsign Hong Kong Ltd. of Hong Kong;
Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co., Ltd., of Shanghai, China;
Sansi North America, LLC, of New York, NY;
Shenzhen Spectrum Technology Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Unilumin Group Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Unilumin LED Technology FL LLC of Orlando, FL;
Yaham Optoelectronics Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China;
Yaham LED USA, Inc., of Las Vegas, NV;
Formetco Inc. of Duluth, GA;
Leyard Optoelectronic Co. of Beijing, China;
Leyard American Corporation of Buffalo Grove, IL;
NanoLumens Inc. of Peachtree Corners, GA;
NEC Display Solutions, Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan;
NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., of Itasca, IL;
Panasonic Corporation of Osaka, Japan;
Panasonic Corporation of North America of Newark, NJ;
Vanguard LED Displays, Inc., formerly Aeson LED Display Technologies, Inc., of Lakeland, FL; and
GoVision, LLC, of Argyle, TX.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1114), 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.

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