USITC probes set-top boxes after Sony complaint

The US International Trade Commission launched a patent infringement investigation of television set-top boxes and other components that Arris International supplies to Comcast Corp and DirecTV for their Xfinity and Genie customers.

The USITC said the investigation is based on a complaint filed by Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, and Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, CA, on March 10, 2017.

It said it voted to institute an investigation of “certain digital cable and satellite products, set-top boxes, gateways, and components thereof.”

The products at issue in the investigation “include set-top boxes supplied to Comcast for its Xfinity brand, set-top boxes supplied to DirecTV for its Genie brand, and media or telephone gateway products.”

The USITC added: “The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain digital cable and satellite products, set-top boxes, gateways, and components thereof, described above, that allegedly infringe patents asserted by the complainants.

“The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.”

The USITC identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Arris Intemational plc of Suwanee, GA;
Arris Group, Inc., of Suwanee, GA;
Arris Technology, Inc., of Horsham, PA;
Arris Enterprises LLC of Suwanee, GA;
Arris Solutions, Inc., of Suwanee, GA;
Arris Global Ltd. (formerly Pace Ltd.) of Saltaire, West Yorkshire, England;
Pace Americas, LLC, of Boca Raton, FL;
Pace Americas Holdings, Inc., of Boca Raton, FL;
Pace USA LLC of Boca Raton, FL; and
Pace Americas Investments, LLC, of Boca Raton, FL.