The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Thursday voted to investigate Toshiba Corp.'s patent infringement complaint against South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiaries, Samsung Semiconductor Inc. and Samsung Electronics America Inc.
Products at issue in the investigation include DRAM, synchronous DRAM, Alpha microprocessors, multipchip packages, graphics memory, and flash memory devices, according to the ITC, Washington D.C.
In its April 22 complaint, which was supplemented on May 8, Toshiba alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing and selling products that infringe Toshiba's U.S. patents. The Tokyo-based chip maker is seeking to have Samsung permanently barred from selling the devices in the United States.
ITC administrative law judge Delbert R. Terrill Jr. will make an initial determination of whether review by the full commission is warranted. Once the investigation commences, the ITC said it will set a target date for completion of the investigation within 45 days.