• ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-788) Regarding Certain Universal Serial Bus (“USB”) Portable Storage Devices, Including USB Flash Drives
  • July 19, 2011 | Author: Eric W. Schweibenz
  • Law Firm: Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. - Alexandria Office
  • On July 14, 2011, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Universal Serial Bus (“USB”) Portable Storage Devices, Including USB Flash Drives and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-788).

    The investigation is based on a June 14, 2011 complaint filed by Trek 2000 International Ltd., Trek Technology (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., and S-Com System (S) Pte. Ltd. - all of Singapore - alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain universal serial bus (“USB”) portable storage devices, including USB flash drives and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,880,054, 7,039,759, D463,426, and/or 7,549,161.

    According to the Notice of Investigation, the ITC has identified the following entities as the respondents in this investigation:

    • Imation Corp. of Oakdale, Minnesota
    • IronKey, Inc. of Sunnyvale, California
    • Kingston Technology Co., Inc. of Fountain Valley, California
    • Patriot Memory, LLC of Fremont, California
    • RITEK Corp. of Taiwan
    • Advanced Media, Inc./RITEK USA of Diamond Bar, California
    • Verbatim Corp., Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Verbatim Americas, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina

    In addition, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that Theodore R. Essex will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.