SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will investigate a complaint brought by Freescale Semiconductor Inc. against TV chip vendors including MediaTek Inc., Zoran Corp. and Funai Electric Co. Ltd., the ITC said this week.
The complaint, brought by Freescale (Austin, Texas) June 8, alleges that the chip vendors violate patents held by Freescale and requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders against infringing ICs, chip sets and TVs containing them, according to a statement issued by the ITC.
Following standard procedure, the ITC said its chief administrative law judge would assign the case to one of the ITC's six administrative law judges, who will then schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The judge will make an initial determination as to whether the chips in question violate Freescale's patents, and that initial determination will be reviewed by the entire ITC.
Within 45 days after the start of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for its completion the ITC said.
Funai's U.S. subsidiary, based in Rutherford, N.J., was also named in the complaint.