This week, Innovatio IP Ventures, LLP filed three new patent infringement cases in the Northern District of Illinois against Realtek Semiconductor Corporation, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.  and Media USA, Inc., manufacturers of WiFi chips.  The complaints are identical, save for the defendants’ names and accused products.

Innovatio alleges that the WiFi chips made and sold

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The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) is a quasi-judicial agency with broad investigative powers relating to trade practices.  These powers include the ability to investigate unfair trade practices relating to the importation of products that infringe valid U.S. patents — so-called “Section 337 actions” (Section 337 actions can encompass other conduct, but are commonly used to target patent infringement).  But because the ITC may only issue injunctive relief (via exclusion orders and cease & desist orders), and cannot award monetary damages, the assertion of standard-essential patents in Section 337 actions has become a subject of great debate.  Within about a month, the Commission will issue a Final Determination in Investigation No. 337-TA-794 (involving Samsung and Apple) that may address the propriety of asserting FRAND-pledged SEPs in Section 337 actions.  In the meantime, however, there are several ongoing ITC investigations where standard-essential patents are being asserted.  Below is a brief summary of where each of these cases currently stand:

Continue Reading A rundown of pending SEP-related Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission