Late this month, Reuters reported that the U.S. International Trade Commission will probe certain Wi-Fi-enabled devices, and their parts, following Sharp Corp.’s (Sakai-ku, Sakai, Japan) allegation that Hisense Group Co. Ltd. (Qingdao, Shandong, China) infringed its patents.
In August, Sharp sought the investigation, exacerbating the two companies’ existing dispute.
Sharp had licensed Hisense to use its brand for television sales in the US, but it sued for, according to the company, putting the Sharp name on “low-quality TVs.” Sharp, whose overseas TV business had been reduced, currently sees it as an engine for growth. It plans to reenter the US market with a TV brand that is high end.
According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, it will announce a target date to complete the probe within a month-and-a-half.