USITC to investigate Sharp-Hisense patent dispute

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it voted to investigate certain Wi-Fi enabled electronic devices and their components after Japan’s Sharp Corp accused China’s Hisense Group of infringing its patents.

“The products at issue in the investigation are Wi-Fi enabled televisions (also known as ‘smart’ televisions),” said the USITC.

“The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Sharp Corporation of Osaka, Japan, and Sharp Electronics Corporation of Montvale, NJ, on August 29, 2017.

“The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain Wi-Fi enabled electronic devices and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainants.

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