The International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to begin an investigation based on a patent infringement complaint filed by videoLabs, a patent aggregator, against four big PC makers China and Taiwan. The plaintiff asks the ITC to take an exclusion from the redressing ban or stop or decline orders to block the importation of select devices by Acer, Asus, MSI, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo into the United States.

VideoLabs says that PCs, and other devices made by Acer, Asus, MSI, Motorola Mobility, and Lenovo have two and a half different GPUs with video processing capabilities violate four patents, owned by the aggregator. VideoLabs filed a complaint against the PC makers with the American U.S. ITC on July 1, 2022. The Commission will conduct an investigation and if that figure is found that the computers infringe patents owned by the plaintiff, the aforementioned companies may ban the supply of certain products affixed to these companies.

Three U.S. patents in question 7,769,238,8,139,878,8,208,542 are covered in video coding techniques developed in the early 2000s by Panasonic. According to the 4th patent, 7 372,452 describes the way that video playback is played on portable devices with an automatic adjustment as the rotating direction of the screen. It was originally issued to Samsung in the early 2000s. The patents were likely applied to almost all modern devices with data processing and display capabilities, including PCs, mediaplayers, smartphones, tablets, and even televisions.

The ITC has no comments on the investigation yet.

VideoLabs is established in 2018, and is focused on aggregation of video processing IP. Since its foundation, the company has received hundreds of patents from numerous holders and has licensed them to many companies including Disney and two Fortune 100 companies. VideoLabs has also filed patent infringement complaints against Amazon, Dell, Meta and Netflix in the last 18 months.

VideoLabs owns patents originating from Nokia Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens AG, Swisscom AG, 3Com, Panasonic and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The Internet is not used yet.