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USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Integrated Circuit Products and Devices Containing the Same

January 26, 2022
News Release 22-013
Inv. No. 337-TA-1295
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Integrated Circuit Products and Devices Containing the Same

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain integrated circuit products and devices containing the same.  The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Future Link Systems, LLC of Santa Clara, CA, on December 29, 2021.  The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain integrated circuit products and devices containing the same that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.  The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order, a permanent cease and desist order.  

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

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. of Santa Clara, CA; 
Apple Inc. of Cupertino, CA; 
Broadcom Inc. of San Jose, CA; 
Broadcom Corporation of San Jose, CA; 
Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, CA; 
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. of San Diego, CA; 
Amlogic Holdings Ltd. Of Cayman Islands; 
Amlogic (CA) Co., Inc. of Santa Clara, CA; 
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. of Hsinchu, Taiwan; 
Dell Technologies Inc. of Round Rock, TX; 
HP, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA; 
Acer Inc. of New Taipei City, Taiwan; 
Acer America Corp. of San Jose, CA; 
Lenovo Group Ltd. of Hong Kong; 
Lenovo (United States) Inc. of Morrisville, NC;
Motorola Mobility LLC of Chicago, IL; and 
Google LLC of Mountain View, CA.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1295), 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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