Mar 03, 2021 News
According to foreign media reports, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted on Tuesday to investigate a number of companies, including South Korea's Samsung Electronics and its U.S. subsidiary and Lenovo's Motorola Mobility. The communication equipment may infringe a patent held by a U.S. company.
The investigation notice issued by the USITC revealed that Evolative Wireless of Austin, Texas, USA filed a complaint on February 2 stating that the aforementioned company violated the 'Tariff Act of 1930' when importing and selling certain LTE-compliant cellular communications equipment into the United States. Article 337 infringed the patent held by the plaintiff.
The company said that the scope of the investigation includes 'mobile phones, tablets, and smartwatches that comply with the LTE standard' and requires the USITC to issue limited exclusion orders and suspension orders. LTE is a standard for wireless broadband communication in mobile devices.
USITC stated that companies under investigation must respond to complaints and investigation notices within the next 20 days. The notice stated: "The respondent's failure to respond to the appeal and the allegations in this notice in a timely manner may be deemed to have waived the right to appear in court and defend against the appeals and allegations".
So far, USITC has not made any decision on the merits of the case. Within 45 days after the investigation begins, the agency will set a target date for completing the investigation.