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Certain Digital Video Receivers, Broadband Gateways, and Related Hardware and Software Components; Institution of Investigation

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AGENCY:

U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on April 26, 2019, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Rovi Corporation of San Jose, California and Rovi Guides, Inc. of San Jose, California. The complaint was amended on May 16, 2019. The complaint, as amended, alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain digital video receivers, broadband gateways, and related hardware and software components by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,001,564 (“the '564 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,779,445 (“the '445 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,386,871 (“the '871 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 8,156,528 (“the '528 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,301,900 (“the '900 patent”); and U.S. Patent No. 7,200,855 (“the '855 patent”). The amended complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists or is in the process of being established as required by the applicable Federal Statute.

The complainants request that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a general exclusion order, or in the alternative a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.

ADDRESSES:

The amended complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Pathenia M. Proctor, The Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205-2560.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, and in section 210.10 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2018).

Scope of Investigation: Having considered the amended complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on May 22, 2019, ordered that

(1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the importation into the Start Printed Page 24815United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain products identified in paragraph (2) by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 1-4 and 12-15 of the '564 patent; claims 1-11 and 15-24 of the '445 patent; claims 1-19, 21-29, 31-36, 38-43, 45-53, 55, and 56 of the '871 patent; claims 1-3, 6, 11-18, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29-32, and 34-36 of the '528 patent; claims 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 17, 19, 23, 25, and 26 of the '900 patent; and claims 1-63 of the '855 patent, and whether an industry in the United States exists or is in the process of being established as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337;

(2) Pursuant to section 210.10(b)(1) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10(b)(1), the plain language description of the accused products or category of accused products, which defines the scope of the investigation, is “set-top boxes and broadband gateways, and their related hardware and software, such as remote controls and interactive program guides”;

(3) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served:

(a) The complainants are:

Rovi Corporation, 2160 Gold Street, San Jose, CA 95002

Rovi Guides, Inc., 2160 Gold Street, San Jose, CA 95002

(b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the amended complaint is to be served:

Comcast Corporation, One Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, One Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC, One Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Comcast Holdings Corporation, One Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

(c) The Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20436; and

(4) For the investigation so instituted, the Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, shall designate the presiding Administrative Law Judge.

Responses to the amended complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondents in accordance with section 210.13 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.13. Pursuant to 19 CFR 201.16(e) and 210.13(a), such responses will be considered by the Commission if received not later than 20 days after the date of service by the Commission of the amended complaint and the notice of investigation. Extensions of time for submitting responses to the amended complaint and the notice of investigation will not be granted unless good cause therefor is shown.

Failure of a respondent to file a timely response to each allegation in the amended complaint and in this notice may be deemed to constitute a waiver of the right to appear and contest the allegations of the amended complaint and this notice, and to authorize the administrative law judge and the Commission, without further notice to the respondent, to find the facts to be as alleged in the amended complaint and this notice and to enter an initial determination and a final determination containing such findings, and may result in the issuance of an exclusion order or a cease and desist order or both directed against the respondent.

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: May 22, 2019.

Lisa Barton,

Secretary to the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 2019-11095 Filed 5-28-19; 8:45 am]

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