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Certain Automotive Multimedia Display and Navigation Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same; Notice of Commission Determination To Grant the Joint Motion To Terminate the Investigation on the Basis of Settlement




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Certain Automotive Multimedia Display and Navigation Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same; Notice of Commission Determination To Grant the Joint Motion To Terminate the Investigation on the Basis of Settlement

Marilyn R. Abbott
January 8, 2010

[Federal Register: January 8, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 5)]
[Notices]               
[Page 1080-1081]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 337-TA-657]

 
Certain Automotive Multimedia Display and Navigation Systems, 
Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same; Notice of Commission 
Determination To Grant the Joint Motion To Terminate the Investigation 
on the Basis of Settlement

AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade 
Commission has determined to grant the joint motion to terminate the 
above-captioned investigation based upon settlement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sidney A. Rosenzweig, Esq., Office of 
the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, 
SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202)

[[Page 1081]]

708-2532. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with 
this investigation are or will be 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., 
Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information 
concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its 
Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this 
investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket 
(EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised 
that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the 
Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted Investigation No. 
337-TA-657 on September 22, 2008, based on a complaint filed by 
Honeywell International Inc. of Morristown, New Jersey (``Honeywell''). 
73 FR 54617 (Sept. 22, 2008). The complainant named the following 
respondents: Alpine Electronics, Inc. of Japan, and Alpine Electronics 
of America, Inc. of Torrance, California (collectively ``Alpine''); 
Denso Corporation of Japan, and Denso International America, Inc. of 
Southfield, Michigan (collectively ``Denso''); Pioneer Corporation of 
Japan and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. of Long Beach, California 
(collectively ``Pioneer''); and Kenwood Corporation of Japan and 
Kenwood USA Corporation of Long Beach, California (collectively 
``Kenwood''). The complaint alleged violations of Section 337 of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in the importation, sale for 
importation, and sale within the United States after importation of 
certain automotive multimedia display and navigation systems, 
components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe 
certain claims of certain Honeywell patents. Honeywell settled its 
disputes with Kenwood, Denso, and Alpine, and the Administrative Law 
Judge (``ALJ'') terminated the investigation with regard to those 
respondents. The Commission determined not to review any of these 
initial determinations. Pioneer remained as the sole respondent, and 
its products accused of infringement include factory-installed GPS 
units in certain automobiles and certain after-market ``head-unit'' GPS 
devices that are mounted in automobile dashboards.
    On September 22, 2009, the ALJ issued his final Initial 
Determination (``ID''), finding no violation of section 337 by Pioneer. 
On November 23, 2009, the Commission determined, upon Honeywell's 
motion and Pioneer's contingent motion, to review in part the ID. 74 FR 
62589 (Nov. 30, 2009). On November 30, 2009, Honeywell and Pioneer 
moved the Commission to extend the briefing deadlines because the 
parties were engaged in settlement discussions. The Commission granted 
that motion, extending briefing for approximately three weeks. 74 FR 
64100 (Dec. 7, 2009).
    On December 22, 2009, Honeywell and Pioneer filed their Joint 
Motion to Terminate Investigation as to Respondents Pioneer Corporation 
and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Based Upon Settlement Agreement. On 
December 24, 2009, the Commission investigative attorney filed a 
response that recommended that the Commission grant the motion.
    Having examined the record of this investigation, the Commission 
has determined to grant the joint motion to terminate the 
investigation.
    The authority for the Commission's determination is contained in 
section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and 
in section 210.21 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure 
(19 CFR 210.21).

    Issued: January 4, 2010.

    By order of the Commission.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2010-89 Filed 1-7-10; 8:45 am]
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