LG semiconductor devices probed by USITC

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to investigate certain semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products of a number of companies including LG Electronics and MediaTek following a  complaint filed by Broadcom.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain semiconductor devices and consumer audiovisual products containing same that allegedly infringe patents asserted by the complainant,” said the USITC.

“The complainant requests that the USITC issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.”

The products at issue are semiconductors and consumer audiovisual products containing those semiconductors such as digital televisions (DTVs), set-top boxes, Blu-Ray disc players, DVD players/recorders, DTV/DVD combinations, DTV/Blu-Ray combinations, multimedia streaming players, home theater systems and other similar audiovisual devices and systems.

The USITC identified the following as respondents in the investigation:

MediaTek Inc. of Hsinchu City, Taiwan;
MediaTek USA Inc. of San Jose, CA;
MStar Semiconductor Inc. of ChuPei Hsinchu Hsien, Taiwan;
Sigma Designs, Inc., of Fremont, CA;
LG Electronics Inc. of Seoul, Republic of Korea;
LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
Funai Electric Company, Ltd., of Osaka, Japan;
Funai Corporation, Inc., of Rutherford, NJ;
P&F USA, Inc., of Alpharetta, GA; and
Vizio, Inc., of Irvine, CA.