MemsTech Appeals the ITC's Initial Determination.DETROIT -- Mems Technology Berhad ("MemsTech") announced on January 15, 2009 that an Administrative Law Judge administrative law judge n. a professional hearing officer who works for the government to preside over hearings and appeals involving governmental agencies. They are generally experienced in the particular subject matter of the agency involved or of several agencies. ("ALJ ALJ Administrative Law Judge
ALJ Association for Legal Justice (Northern Ireland) ") with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC ITC (Brit) n abbr (= Independent Television Commission) → Fernseh-Aufsichtsgremium
ITC n abbr (BRIT) (= Independent Television Commission) → ") has issued his Initial Determination (ID) in the ITC investigation based on Knowles Electronics LLC's complaint.
In his Initial Determination, the ALJ recommended that Knowles' request for a limited exclusion order barring MemsTech from directly importing certain silicon microphones into the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. be granted.
The ALJ's Initial Determination is subject to review by the ITC. MemsTech believes that the ID is erroneous erroneous adj. 1) in error, wrong. 2) not according to established law, particularly in a legal decision or court ruling. and filed a petition seeking review by the ITC. Based on the evidence presented during the investigation, MemsTech strongly believes that the Final Determination by the ITC, which is now due to be issued no later than April 14, 2009, will be in MemsTech's favor. If necessary, the ITC's Final Determination can be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is a United States court of appeals. The Federal Circuit was created by Congress with passage of the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982.
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"We are very disappointed in the ALJ's decision and we will appeal the case aggressively," said K. Sooriakumar, Chief Executive Officer of MemsTech. "We believe the ALJ's decision invalidating in·val·i·date
tr.v. in·val·i·dat·ed, in·val·i·dat·ing, in·val·i·dates
To make invalid; nullify.
in·val one claim of one of the two asserted patents is correct, but incomplete because we believe the evidence showed that all of the asserted claims are invalid Null; void; without force or effect; lacking in authority.
For example, a will that has not been properly witnessed is invalid and unenforceable.
INVALID. In a physical sense, it is that which is wanting force; in a figurative sense, it signifies that which has no effect. and not infringed. Although this matter is important to MemsTech, the scope of the ITC investigation is very limited and does not impact our customers' ability to import downstream products into the U.S. that contain MemsTech's silicon microphones."
The ITC's Office of Unfair Import Investigations Staff ("Staff"), an independent party to the investigation representing the public interest, supported MemsTech in the ITC investigation and both MemsTech and the Staff have now filed petitions urging the ITC to review the ID.
"MemsTech's microphones are protected by its own intellectual property. MemsTech has demonstrated its leadership and innovation, and respects other's intellectual property. MemsTech's innovation is evidenced by the fact that the U.S. Department of Commerce has granted it a license to manufacture other sensitive technological products. We will fight vigorously to rightfully protect our microphone products that have emerged from our years of research and innovation in the field of MEMS. We are confident that we will ultimately prevail in the ITC matter," said Srini Naidu, MemsTech's U.S. Executive Director.