Orrick Obtains ITC Victory for Three Chinese LED Display Companies



Orrick achieved a complete victory in a patent infringement action at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) on February 21, 2019 for our clients Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co. (Sansi), CreateLED Electronics Co. (CreateLED) and Yaham Optoelectronics Co. (Yaham), following the termination of a Section 337 investigation (337-TA-1114) based on withdrawal of the complaint by Ultravision Technologies, LLC. The victory in this case enables our clients to stay in the U.S. market, marking a crucial milestone for their overseas expansions.

Ultravision filed a complaint against Sansi, Yaham, CreateLED, and a number of other respondents in March 2018 for alleged infringement of patents relating to certain modular LED display panels and components. The Orrick team, working with our clients, developed strong non-infringement and invalidity positions. The complainant was forced to withdraw the complaint during the expert discovery period to terminate the investigation unconditionally. 

The Orrick team was led by partners Yufeng (Ethan) Ma (Shanghai), Vann Pearce (Washington, D.C.), Jordan Coyle (Washington, D.C.), and Bas de Blank (Silicon Valley). 

Ethan Ma said, “our clients have maintained all along that they clearly did not infringe Ultravision’s patents and the complaint was without merit. It is an important win for Chinese LED manufacturers amidst the Sino-U.S. trade tension, because China has become the largest manufacturing base for LED displays, a booming industry.” Chinese companies, including our clients, will now be able to continue growing their businesses in the U.S.