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Update: ITC issues public version of decision to terminate LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
The ITC has now released the public version of its decision to terminate the LSI-Realtek investigation without addressing RAND issues, which we discussed in our March 5, 2014 post.  The public version does not provide any more insight into the decision not to address the standard essential patent RAND issues beyond it being moot given no … Continue Reading

ITC terminates LSI-Realtek 337 investigation without addressing RAND issues (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Jury verdicts, Litigation, Uncategorized
Yesterday the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice that it was terminating the investigation of whether certain LSI 802.11 and H.264 alleged standard essential patents were infringed by Realtek and others given various circumstances that mooted the investigation as to most patents and a finding of no liability for the remaining patent.  In terminating … Continue Reading

ITC issues public version of prior opinion that no valid Interdigital 3G patent infringed (Inv. No. 337-TA-800)

Posted in Appeals, International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Last week the U.S. International Trade Commission issued the public version  of its decision last December that no valid claim of Interdigital’s 3G patents was infringed by Huawei, Nokia or ZTE and reserving ruling on other issues, such as on RAND obligations (see our Dec. 23,2013 post).  The ITC also gave its Federal Register notice of its decision … Continue Reading

Apple Argues SEP Issues to Federal Circuit in Samsung ITC Appeal

Posted in Appeals, International Trade Commission, Litigation
Last week, Apple filed its brief as an intervenor in the Federal Circuit appeal involving Samsung’s stymied ITC case against Apple (Inv. No. 337-TA-794).  Arguing the ITC’s finding of no violation should be affirmed with respect to the one patent-at-issue, Apple’s brief raised a number of SEP issues involving Samsung’s involvement with the IETF and the … Continue Reading

Funai’s Reply Comments in ITC’s review of RAND ruling in LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission
We previously discussed the opening comments filed by respondent Funai in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe complainant LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs). Funai recently filed two sets of reply comments as part of the ITC’s review of the ALJ’s initial determination rejecting Realtek and Funai’s … Continue Reading

Realtek’s Reply Comments in ITC’s review of RAND ruling in LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission
A few weeks ago we summarized the opening comments filed by respondent Realtek in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe complainant LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs). The ITC is currently reviewing the ALJ’s initial determination of non-infringement of LSI’s SEPs and rejection of Realtek and Funai’s RAND-based … Continue Reading

InterDigital and Huawei Settle District Court and ITC Actions

Posted in District Courts, International Trade Commission, Litigation
On December 30, 2013, InterDigital and Huawei filed a stipulation to dismiss the pending Delaware district court action (13-cv-00008) without prejudice, indicating the parties entered into a “binding settlement agreement and agreement to arbitrate”.  The Court promptly dismissed the case. Yesterday, InterDigital and Huawei similarly moved to terminate the corresponding ITC action, Inv. No. 337-TA-868, with respect … Continue Reading

ITC rules no infringement of valid Interdigital 3G patents (Inv. No. 337-TA-800)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
On Dec. 19, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Huawei, Nokia and ZTE did not infringe any valid Interdigital alleged 3G patents and, therefore, did not rule on RAND or public interest issues in that investigation (discussed in our prior post).  The ITC is reserving those issues for consideration in due course given the continued … Continue Reading

ALJ agrees to dismiss Adaptix’s complaint and investigation against Ericsson (Inv. No. 337-TA-871)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Last week Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Gildea granted Adaptix’s motion to withdraw its Complaint and investigation of Ericsson’s alleged infringement of patents alleged to cover LTE standards used by Ericsson’s base stations (see our prior posts discussing Adaptix’s motion and Ericsson’s response). ALJ Gildea’s ruling was short and succinct, noting–but not opining on–Ericsson’s assertion that Adaptix … Continue Reading

Ericsson asserts that Adaptix is withdrawing its ITC Complaint under threat of a motion for sanctions given unsubstantiated claims (Inv. No. 337-TA-871)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Today Ericsson filed its response to Adaptix’s sudden motion to withdraw its Complaint and terminate the ITC’s investigation of whether Ericsson’s base stations infringe an Adaptix patent alleged to cover cellular LTE standards.  Recall from our post last week that it was not clear why Adaptix made this extraordinary step on the eve of trial. Ericsson’s response … Continue Reading

Adaptix moves to withdraw its complaint and terminate ITC investigation of Ericsson’s alleged infringement of LTE patent (Inv. No. 337-TA-871)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Yesterday Adaptix moved to withdraw its complaint and terminate the ITC investigation of Ericsson for infringing Adaptix’s patent alleged to be essential to LTE standards practiced by Ericsson base stations.  The motion does not explain the reason for withdrawal and comes at a time when the parties have been in heavy pre-trial procedures and at the … Continue Reading

Funai’s Comments in ITC’s review of RAND ruling in LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Uncategorized
Our prior posts discussed Complainant LSI’s comments and respondent Realtek’s comments in the ITC’s investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe LSI’s alleged standard essential patents (SEPs).  These comments were submitted in response to the Commission’s request for information on various issues to aid in its review of the ALJ’s conclusion that Realtek and Funai did not … Continue Reading

Realtek’s Comments in ITC’s review of RAND ruling in LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in Appeals, International Trade Commission, Litigation, Uncategorized
We previously discussed the comments filed by complainant LSI in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek and Funai infringe LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs).  The ALJ’s initial determination found the SEP patents were not infringed but otherwise rejected RAND-based defenses.  The Commission then decided to review the ALJ’s … Continue Reading

LSI’s Comments in ITC’s review of RAND ruling in LSI-Realtek investigation (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in Appeals, International Trade Commission, Litigation, Uncategorized
We previously discussed the comments filed by third-parties in the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation of whether Realtek infringes LSI’s alleged 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs).  The ALJ’s initial determination found the SEP patents were not infringed but otherwise rejected RAND-based defenses.  The Commission then decided to review the ALJ’s determination in its … Continue Reading

ITC to review ALJ’s entire initial determination including FRAND ruling in LSI-Realtek 337 case (Inv. No. 337-TA-837)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Uncategorized
Last week (Thu. Oct. 17, 2013), the International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a Notice that it will review “in its entirety” Administrative Law Judge Shaw’s initial determination (ID) that found no infringement of LSI’s 802.11 and H.264 standard essential patents (SEPs), but otherwise rejected RAND-based defenses, as discussed in our prior post. The ITC notice includes requests that … Continue Reading

International Trade Commission to fully review decision finding no violation of Section 337 in InterDigital 3G patent case

Posted in Court Orders, International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued its delayed decision on whether it would review ALJ David P. Shaw’s Initial Determination finding no violation of Section 337 in In the Matter of Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-800.  (For some background, see our previous post on the ALJ’s Initial … Continue Reading

Ericsson asks ITC Administrative Law Judge David P. Shaw for an express FRAND determination in Samsung cellular/WiFi patent dispute (Inv. No. 337-TA-862)

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
Ericsson is a company that holds a significant number of standard-essential patents, and often seeks to monetize and enforce them.  (They were just awarded infringement damages in Texas, and they’re engaged in an SEP duel with Samsung in the ITC and in Texas).  It wasn’t surprising, then, when Ericsson last week suggested a framework for … Continue Reading

ITC releases public versions of Initial and Recommended Determinations in Realtek-LSI Section 337 case (Inv. No. 337-TA-837); SEP issues abound

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
Last month, the ITC issued a Notice of ALJ David P. Shaw’s Final Initial Determination on Violation in In the Matter of Certain Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-837), the investigation into LSI/Agere’s allegations that Realtek and Funai infringed 802.11-essential and H.264-essential patents (as well as one non-SEP).  The ITC found … Continue Reading

InterDigital tells the ITC that its 3G patent case presents the “ideal opportunity” to offer guidance on FRAND licensing issues

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
As we noted last week, various non-parties have begun submitting statements on the public interest in connection with ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-800, In the Matter of Certain Wireless Devices With 3G Capabilities and Components Thereof.  Over the last several days, both the complainant InterDigital and each of the respondents (Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE) have submitted … Continue Reading

In wake of USTR veto, Ericsson proposes framework for the ITC evaluate FRAND considerations in standard-essential patent cases: “conditional” exclusion orders

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
The U.S. Trade Representative’s recent disapproval of the ITC’s exclusion order in Inv. No. 337-TA-794 has generated a lot of discussion and uncertainty about the future enforcement of standard-essential patents at the U.S. International Trade Commission. But it seems generally accepted that going forward, both the Commission and litigants are going to have do a … Continue Reading

What does the U.S. Trade Representative’s disapproval of the Samsung-Apple exclusion order mean for SEP cases at the ITC?

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
Yesterday, we covered some of the wide-ranging reaction to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman’s decision to veto the ITC’s exclusion order in Inv. No. 337-TA-794.  One recurring theme was the question of what this ruling might mean for other SEP-related Section 337 cases that are currently at the ITC (or may be brought in the … Continue Reading

A round-up of reactions to the USTR’s veto of the ITC’s exclusion order in Inv. No. 337-TA-794

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation, Miscellaneous
Even though it was released on a Saturday, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman’s disapproval of the exclusion and cease & desist orders in ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-794 has understandably generated a lot of chatter in industry and the patent world.  Many are hailing the decision, while others disagree with the veto and/or believe it should … Continue Reading

U.S. Trade Representative vetoes exclusion order in Samsung-Apple ITC case (Inv. No. 337-TA-794); no iPhone/iPad ban

Posted in International Trade Commission, Litigation
Today, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman issued his long-anticipated decision regarding the U.S. International Trade Commission’s exclusion order in ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-794 involving Samsung and Apple.  And as you may have heard by now, the verdict is… The exclusion order has been “disapproved of” — i.e., overturned, vetoed, not going to go into … Continue Reading

ITC issues public version of recommended determination on remedy and bonding in InterDigital 3G patent case (Inv. No. 337-TA-800)

Posted in Court Orders, International Trade Commission, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Earlier this week, the ITC issued the public version of ALJ David P. Shaw’s Initial Determination finding no violation of Section 337 in in In the Matter of Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-800 – the ITC’s investigation into InterDigital’s accusations that Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE infringed several 3G-essential InterDigital patents.  But … Continue Reading
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